"I'm no politician. I'm not smart. I only went three miles to school."


But Glen Speer, who serves as the docent at the Harrison Exhibit Center on Main Street, followed those words by demonstrating something that words alone could never say. He simply shared his memories and feelings of Armistice Day and what it's like to serve our country.


The World War II veteran was the featured speaker at last Saturday's Veterans Day Ceremony at the Hesperia Lake Park War Memorial Dedication site.


Speer, who served in the U.S. Army, urged everyone to remember all who served. Besides the Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Marines, he said it's important to honor the nurses, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Seabees and all.


"We ought to thank everybody," he said.


Welcoming one of the largest Veterans Day audiences in memory was Allan Kumlin, a Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Navy.


American Legion Post 725 presented the colors and raised the flags. Participating were Jim James, Clarence Love, Marcello Berumen and Dennis De Hay.


Singing the National Anthem was Julie and Elisa Hendricks from Hesperia Christian School.


Julie Hendricks led the audience in singing military songs.


Tom Burchfield, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean Conflict, led the invocation.


A Blue Star Memorial Highways presentation was made by Pat Banttari, president of the Hesperia Garden Club (see story on page B1). Garden Club member Robbie Kuykendall, who is a Gold Star mother, shared bible verses in honor of the event. George Unrine, a Blue Star representative for Southern California, talked about the organization and thanked those who made it happen.


Bob and Verna Chandler presented the Silverwing dove release.


Duane Crest of the U.S. Army performed "Taps" on bagpipes.


In closing his talk, Speer shared the story of one young boy who during World War II gathered a prodigious amount of scrap metal to help America win the war.


"We need to all unite like that," Speer said.