“Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
These were the words that former National Security Adviser Bud McFarlane used to describe America’s heroes in his keynote address at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11.
“Today is Veterans Day. A day when we honor all those going back 200 years who have answered the call,” he said. “Those who have served with honor and sacrifice to preserve our country and our way of life.”
Families, community leaders and veterans gathered at the 22nd annual Veterans Day commemoration to honor those who have served.
The former National Security Adviser also spoke about Richard Nixon’s service as a U.S. Naval Officer in the South Pacific during World War II.
“He knew what it meant to ask young men and women to put their lives on the line,” said McFarlane. “That lesson was very close to his heart,” he added.
The commemoration included a Presentation of Colors by the Seal Beach Navy Sea Cadets, Pledge of Allegiance by Yorba Linda city council member Nancy Rikel, remarks by former Nixon White House Marine Corps aide Colonel Jack Brennan, and patriotic music presentations by the Villa Park High School band and Orange High School choir and chamber singers.
The commemoration was followed by a grand performance by the 90-member Placentia Symphonic Band.
Watch Bud McFarlane’s keynote address below:
Watch the whole ceremony below:
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