JBER to open to the public for Veterans Day ceremony
A Veterans Day ceremony on base will be held Monday morning at the Alaska National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The ceremony is open to the public and service members are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms. The ceremony is typically attended by numerous dignitaries; last year, Vice President Mike Pence visited the event.
The keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard.
The Fort Richardson gate will open to the public at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Veterans Day was first celebrated in 1919 on the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, and became a national holiday in 1938. Its purpose is to honor those who have served in the armed forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
In the Mat-Su, there will be a ceremony at the Veterans Wall of Honor in Wasilla. Hosted by AMVETS Post 9, the ceremony will be held at 11:11 a.m. The wall is located at 801 N. Wasilla-Fishhook Road and all are invited.