AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Veterans Day 2011 festivities


Yaamini Venkataraman

Update 11/13/11: Audio clips of the full speeches by Stephen Gilmore and William Peacock are now included at the bottom. 

In spite of the slight showers, Cupertino held its annual Veterans Day memorial Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park. This year, the celebration focused on veterans of the Vietnam War. Towards the end of the ceremony, a new boulder commemorating Vietnam veterans with the phrase “Thank you, and welcome home” was unveiled, and all the Vietnam veterans present presented a wreath to The Traveling Vietnam Wall. The traveling wall arrived Nov. 9, and will leave Nov. 13. MVHS Variations performed the National Anthem, “Pacem” and “America the Beautiful.”

Click the play buttons to listen to speeches delivered at the ceremony.

Speakers at Veteran's Day celebrations on Nov. 11. The program was comprised of several speeches, complemented by performances by Variations. Photo by Yaamini Venkataraman.

[audio:|titles=Invocation by Captain Joe Viramontez.]

Invocation by Captain Joe Viramontez, Santa Clara County Fire Department (retired).

[audio:|titles=David Knapp, Cupertino City Manager]

David Knapp, Cupertino City Manager, Captain U.S. Air Force (retired).

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Stephen Gilmore, Part 1 and Part 2

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Colonel William Peacock, US Marine Corps (retired), Part 1 and Part 2

[audio:|titles=Benediction by Navy Chaplain Diana Brady.]

Benediction by Navy Chaplain Diana Brady.