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Veterans Day events in Michiana

Hundreds of events were held throughout Michiana on Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country and those who continue to serve. Here's a roundup of some of the events in Michiana.

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Veteran's Day recognition service
The St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka held a special Veterans Day recognition service. 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg provided the keynote address and stressed how important it is to thank our veterans.

"I think I have fresh eyes in coming home and being here to acknowledge the service and sacrifice to all that serve now and all that will serve," said Buttigieg.

After the service, everyone was invited to a special Veterans Day mass at the Our Lady of Fatima Chapel.

Sanctuary at St. Paul's
At the Sanctuary at St. Paul's in South Bend, they hosted a special breakfast to honor the 73 veterans living at the retirement complex.

Their residents have served in both World War II and the Korean War and some were Prisoners of War.

Nuner Primary Center event
At Nuner Primary Center, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg told hundreds of children why it's so important to say thank you to our veterans.

Teachers say it's a lesson worth learning.

Firefighters' Veterans breakfast
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attended the Firefighters Veterans breakfast.

Current and former firefighters from South Bend who served in the military were invited to breakfast.

Washington High School Veterans Day event


Mayor Pete Buttigieg was also the guest speaker at Washington high School's Veterans Day event.

What does Mayor Buttigieg think about Veterans Day after serving in Afghanistan?

"Of course it feels a little bit different, its more emotional, but the experience is fundamentally the same because there are so many people to thank and I'm just glad to have this opportunity to thank so many who have gone before me and so many who are still serving," said Buttigieg.

Governor Rick Snyder on Veterans Day
Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement thanking Michigan's veterans for serving the state and nation.

“It's Veterans Day -- a time to honor all those women and men who have served in the Armed Forces. In Michigan, we're proud of the nearly 700,000 veterans who call our state home. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service in defense of our freedoms. Today, the State of Michigan is working to help veterans succeed. We've passed new laws to make it easier for veterans to use their specialized skills in civilian life. We host job fairs to help veterans find new careers in our state. And the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency helps veterans get connected to the services and benefits they deserve.  It's great to see Michigan businesses are hiring returning veterans. They have great talents and leadership skills. I encourage companies to look to veterans when they're making hiring decisions. Today is a great day to honor our veterans and thank them for their service. But it shouldn't just be about today. Each and every day, we're proud to have them home. They put their lives on the line for our country, and that's a debt we can never fully repay.”

Jackie Walorski on Veterans Day

“Today, we honor the brave men and women who have served and currently serve in the Armed Forces.  Thanks to the unwavering commitment of our war heroes, Americans are privileged to live in a free society – blessed with liberty and independence.  We will always remember those who gave up so much for the greater good of our country.  While not all of their stories are written in history books, they are forever imprinted in our hearts. To all of our veterans and families, please know it is an honor to serve you in Congress.  Thank you for your service.”

New bus for Kernan's Heroes
Former Indiana Governor and South Bend Mayor Joe Kernan, who is also a veteran, honored veterans by unveiling the new bus to be used for his program Kernan's Heroes.

NIPSCO presented the keys for that new bus Tuesday.

The bus will be used by Kernan's Heroes and the Life Treatment Center.

The bus was made possible by donations from homes for heroes and American Legion Post 357.

Haircuts for vets
A South Bend hair salon found a creative and special way to honor our local veterans through Haircuts and Hops.

Hair Crafters on Lincolnway East gave free haircuts and consultations to veterans. They also received coffee, root beer and beer.

Veterans say events like Haircuts and Hops mean a lot to former military members.

"I just want to say thank you everybody for what they've done for the veterans here," said James Foster, US Air Force veteran.
 
Arlington National Cemetery
Vice President Joe Biden participated in the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Biden singled out the generation of men and women who joined the armed forces after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Biden says 2.6 million of the 3.5 million men and women of the 9/11 military generation were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

He went on to say the United States has never asked so much over such a sustained period of an all-volunteer force.

"You are not only the heart and soul, but you are the very spine of this nation. And as a nation, we pause today to thank more than 23 million surviving veterans who have so bravely and faithfully protected our freedom," said Biden.

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