By Shelby Mullis
EDINBURGH, Ind. — Just days after being named vice president-elect, Gov. Mike Pence came back home again to Indiana and visited Camp Atterbury to celebrate Veterans Day Friday.
Joined by members of the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Pence met with Hoosier veterans from across the state and delivered a special message of gratitude.
Gov. Mike Pence addresses Hoosiers at Camp Atterbury Friday in celebration of Veterans Day. Pence arrived to Indiana Thursday night, less than 48 hours after being elected vice president. Photo by Shelby Mullis, TheStatehouseFile.com
“I’m profoundly honored to be in the presence of men and women who have served in our armed forces through the course of their lives and a number of active duty members of our armed forces,” Pence said. “Today is your day. Today is Veterans Day. All of Indiana and all of America pause to honor your selfless and courageous service and it is my honor to be with all of you today.”
Pence supporter Anna Young joined her husband, Larry Neal, a Vietnam war veteran, at Friday’s event, solely for a chance to meet Pence. Young, a Columbus native, said she has two things in common with Pence, sharing their hometown and hobby of riding motorcycles.
“I just thank God that he got in, him and [Donald] Trump,” Young said. “I think that as our governor, he has helped all the veterans and he organized veterans’ rights.… I respect him for that. I’m so glad that he is vice president.”
She said she couldn’t contain her excitement to see Pence in person, just days after the election.
“We wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” Young said. “We know that he’s going to help serve our country and help Donald Trump.”
Jacob Moles, 20, is a long-time supporter of Gov. Mike Pence. At age 16, Moles volunteered for Pence’s campaign for governor in 2011. Photo by Shelby Mullis, TheStatehouseFile.com
The event struck a different chord for 20-year-old Jacob Moles, who, at 16-years-old, volunteered with the Pence campaign in 2011, making the transition from congressman to governor. Now, Moles calls it “surreal” to see the man he once helped become governor be elected as vice president.
“Mike Pence takes time for everybody,” Moles said. “He’s a real Hoosier.”
Pence said he wouldn’t have missed the chance to spend Veterans Day with his fellow Hoosiers in Indiana.
“It’s humbling to be with you today. It’s a joy to be home after fairly busy time in our family’s life,” Pence said. “I would be nowhere else than here in my beloved home.”
Shelby Mullis is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.