Adams, a longtime member of Oklahoma's National Guard, is now the deputy commanding general of the Army National Guard's Army Training and Doctrine Command. In his keynote speech, he said that although the battlefield has changed, the price paid by those who serve has not.
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I. But as it evolved into the holiday we know today, it came to mean more than the ending of any single war.
“This day is not established for us to celebrate our victories,” Adams said. “This day was established for us to celebrate the people who made those victories possible.”
The ceremony included the laying of a wreath at the base of the museum's flagpole as the 145th Army Band played taps. The band played other patriotic songs as numerous color guards marched and as veterans of various wars and military branches stood to be recognized.
Adams said such remembrances and celebrations are important, but we owe our veterans more.
“There are no tributes, there is no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and sacrifice,” Adams said. “We are all the benefactors of your collective sacrifices.”