While Memorial Day is a time to reflect on our military men and women who died in the line of action, Veterans Day is a day to "thank, honor and serve those who have put on a uniform and served their country," he said.
Walter Mueller, also a past post commander and a Vietnam veteran, recalled the first time he visited Bel Air Memorial Gardens.
More than two decades ago Mueller's wife came across the statue of Capt. Bailey after services for a friend. Mueller wanted to see it for himself and found it by the graves of many veterans, including memorials to many who are buried overseas or who were lost at sea.
This sight reminded Mueller of all the people "who never go on to be veterans and enjoy the things we do."
He also asked everyone not to forget those serving today because they, too, are veterans.
"Our young are stepping forward to take care of us." Mueller said.
The American Legion and VFW posts are a meeting place for many veterans, Mueller said, places where a person can "sit next to a guy, not even know him, and listen and you understand what he went through."
"This nation is as great as it is because of Merle Bailey [and] all of those who stepped forward," Mueller said.
He asked everyone to remember to hug and thank the veterans in their lives.
Bel Air resident John Gostomski Jr., a Vietnam veteran who served in the Air Force, attended the ceremony with son-in-law, Craig Raborg.