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Thule's Veterans Day breakfast

military members gather around to hear a chaplain speak

U.S. Air Force Capt. Clifton Hanson, 821st Air Base Group chaplain, provides a blessing to the service members in attendance at the Veterans Day breakfast at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Nov. 11, 2021. The 821st Security Forces Squadron came together to host the event attended by 45 members of team Thule (U.S. Air Force Photo by David Svendsen)

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Gonzalez, 821st Security Forces Squadron Defender, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Masen Ross, 821st SFS Defender, work together mixing pancake batter in preparation for the Veterans Day breakfast at the Igloo on Thule Air Base, Greenland, Nov. 11, 2021. During the event, service members were able to connect and appreciate what being a veteran means to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Svendsen)

a man cooks a pancake

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Bolduc, 821st Security Forces Squadron Defender, prepares a giant pancake to be served at the Veterans Day breakfast at the Igloo on Thule Air Base, Greenland, Nov. 11, 2021. Approximately 45 members of Team Thule came together to celebrate the holiday and honor veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. David Svendsen)

military members stand around holding cards sent to them by 5th grade children in Arizona

Members of the 821st Air Base Group receive personal cards from 5th grade students at the Carrillo Magnet School in Tucson, Arizona, during the Veterans Day breakfast at Thule Air Base, Greenland, Nov. 11, 2021. Members of the 821st Security Forces Squadron worked together to deliver a Veterans Day breakfast to members across Thule AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Svendsen)

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland --

Airmen and Guardians came together to honor those who served and continue to serve during a Veterans Day breakfast event hosted by the 821st Security Forces Squadron at the Igloo on Thule Air Base, Greenland, Nov. 11, 2021.

Approximately 45 members of Team Thule celebrated the holiday for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kristopher Gallanger, 821st Air Base Group first sergeant, highlighted Gen. Douglas McArthurs’ “Duty, Honor, Country” speech in 1962 at West Point; which reminds us of what we, along with over 19 million living veterans committed to when we raised our right hands and signed on the dotted line

“It was important to take time on this day and recognize our veterans,” said U.S. Space Force Col. Heather McGee, 821st ABG commander. “I was happy to see everyone take the time to come together in fellowship and honor those who have served, as well as those who continue to serve both at home and overseas.”

Veterans Day is a time to express gratitude to America's service members, past and present, who served in both war and peace. Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday was initially intended to honor the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, signaling the end of World War I.

In 1938, Congress passed a law marking Nov. 11 as the federal holiday. President Dwight Eisenhower signed a law in 1954 that changed the name to its current form, Veterans Day, shifting the holiday’s focus from the original dedication of World War I veterans to veterans of all wars.

During the breakfast, service members were able to connect and appreciate what being a veteran means to them. 

A special thank you also goes out to Sherile John and her fifth grade students from Carrillo Magnet School in Tucson, Arizona, for the cards thanking veterans for their service that the Airmen and Guardians received.

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