Guam's official observance started off with a roar as a B1B bomber from Andersen Air Force Base performed a flyover of Governor Flores Memorial Park at the island's Ypao Beach. Beginning his speech to the vets, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo was able to thank Brigadier General Douglas A. Cox, the Commander of the 36th Wing at Andersen who was on the stage, for that bit of theater.
"General Cox, I love that airplane that just flew by. (Laughter and applause). I love that airplane. (More applause). I’ve spent several weeks going to other nations in East Asia, trying to convince the folks that Guam is a safe place to visit. And let me tell you, I wish I could be more upfront with them. With those kind of planes between us and the guy with the crazy haircut, there is no safer place than Guam, guaranteed. (sustained applause). Ladies and gentlemen, today is a day of honor and gratitude, giving thanks to all of you, our men and women in uniform, our veterans, these brave service members of our day and yesterday. Who stepped forward to each call to the frontline in defense of our nation and freedom."
Governor Calvo suggested that one day's not enough to honor veterans and promised to safeguard the memories of those who fell and to protect and support their families. And he reminded the audience that the sacrifice extends far beyond Guam.
"For those service members who paid the ultimate price for freedom and to their families, we extend our deepest appreciation. As governor, it’s been my duty and my honor to meet with the families of those who gave their all in service to our nation. Moms, dads, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. More than 40 sons and daughters of Micronesia have been repatriated to Guam, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, just in these past two decades as we fought terror… We cannot bring back your loved ones, but I can assure you that we