Today is Veterans Day, a day we thank those who have served and sacrificed for our country. In 1918 WWI ended between Germany and the Allied nations on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. A year later President Woodrow Wilson observed the first Armistice Day announced that the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”
Here’s a gallery of photos of veterans that I’ve photographed over the years.
11/13/2007: WW II veteran Dick Dennis speaks at the French Camp school’s Veterans Day observance. Nine WW II pilots spoke to the school’s 4th-8th graders about their experiences during the war.
11/13/2007: WWII pilot Jim Morehead shakes hands with students after a Veterans Day observance at the school in French Camp featuring Morehead and eight other pilots from WWII.
5/20/2010: Veteran Tom Liggett holds a flag while waiting for a procession of Gold Star families at the dedication ceremony of the Traveling Tribute memorial at Woodward Park in Manteca.
1/27/2011: Lao veterans hold candles during a memorial ceremony in downtown Stockton from Hmong military and community leader General Vang Pao who died on Jan. 6.
11/11/2011: WWII veteran Al Sibell salutes during the Veterans Day ceremony in front of the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium in downtown Stockton.
11/30/2011: Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Fernandez of Stockton served aboard the U.S.S. Curtiss during WWII.
5/26/2012: 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran Shigeo Yokote attends a ceremony hosted by the Japanese-American Citizens League honoring the all Japanese-American units of the 442nd, the 100th Infantry Battallion and the Military Intelligence Service of WWII. About 28 surviving veterans given Congressional Gold Medals by congresswoman Doris Matsui.
5/26/2012: WWII Military Intelligence Service (MIS) veteran George Morita salutes the posting of the colors by the California National Guard color guard at a ceremony hosted by the Japanese-American Citizens League honoring the of the all Japanese-American units of the MIS, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion of WWII.
5/26/2012: 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran Feb Yokoi of Linden, 94, is presented with the Congressional Gold Medal by congresswoman Doris Matsui at a ceremony honoring the of the all Japanese-American units of the 442nd, the 100th Infantry Battallion and the Military Intelligence Service of WWII.
11/7/2013: Norman Boyden of Stockton was one of about 50 veterans who boarded bus at the Karl Ross American Legion Post in Stockton bound for Oakland for a protest over veterans issues in.
11/13/13: Frank Rueda, 77, of Stockton, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, points out some of his medals and has only started talking about his wartime experiences
5/25/2014: Korean War veteran Gilbert Rosas Sr. of Manteca, is reflected in a polished wall displaying the names of area veterans who have been killed on duty at the Not Forgotten Memorial Day event at Woodward Park in Manteca.
5/25/2014: J.B. Brewer of Manteca, a Navy veteran from the 1970s salutes the Gold Star families at the Not Forgotten Memorial Day event at Woodward Park in Manteca.
7/4/2014: Veteran Lorenzo Escarsega, a former marine wo served in the 1980s marches with the Karl Ross American Legion Post’s Silent Sentintel flags in the Fourth of July parade in downtown Stockton.
7/4/2014: Veterans Lou Gemmil, left, and driver Doug Murray ride in a flag-adorned 1932 Ford while participating with the Ed Stewart American Legion Post in the Fourth of July parade in downtown Stockton.
7/4/2014: WWII marine and Iwo Jima survivor John Buster rides on the Ed Stewart American Legion Post float in the Fourth of July parade in downtown Stockton.
11/11/2014: Vietnam veteran David Galtman of Stockton holds a picture of his friend and fellow veteran Arthur Owens who passed away in 2013 at the Veteran of Foreign Wars Luneta Post 52′s Veterans Day ceremony at the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium in downtown Stockton.
11/11/2015: Veteran Scott Halsey bows his head in prayer during the invocation at the Veterans Day observance at the Karl Ross American Legion Post in Stockton.
11/11/2015: Veteran Rick Caccam plays taps on a bugle during the Veterans Day observance at the Karl Ross American Legion Post in Stockton.
11/11/2015: Vietnam-era veteran Michael Orosco of Stockton reaches out to touch the name of his cousin Daniel Acosta on the Vietnam Veterans memorial after the rededication of the memorial during the Veterans Day observance at the Karl Ross American Legion post in Stockton.
11/21/2015: Vietnam Veteran Frank Reyes is overcome with emotion after receiving a Quilt of Honor at the dedication ceremony for the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Martin Luther King Jr., Plaza in downtown Stockton.
6/14/2016: Veterans Joseph Maes, left, Joe Goodman fold a flag during a ceremony in front of American Hearing Aid in Lincoln Center South in Stockton.
7/4/2016: Longtime veterans advocate Tino Adame was one of four grand marshals in the annual 4th of July parade in downtown Stockton.
7/4/2016: Marine veteran Joe Moreno waves a flag and places his cap over his heart while watching the annual 4th of July parade in downtown Stockton.
9/11/2016: Navy veteran Dave Lurgio salutes during the playing of Taps at the VFW Luneta Post 52 Patriots Day remembrance at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium in downtown Stockton.