WASHINGTON – It’s Veteran’s Day and across the country, people gathered to honor those who have served our country. In the nation’s capital, a special ceremony was held to honor WWII veterans – at the memorial that was built in their honor.
“Those we honor here today fought against great odds, and not only won that war and saved this nation, but, with our allies, they literally saved the world,” said LTG. Claude Kicklinger, an army veteran and the Chairman of the Friends of the National WWII Memorial.
Kicklighter’s message drew a nice-sized crowd to the WWII memorial on Veterans Day. Each person was there to remember those men and women who served our country.
“It was a time that impacted us still to this day,” said Connie Corley. She traveled from California for the event, because she wanted to pay tribute to her late father, a WWII veteran.
“It’s something that really honored his legacy and all he did,” Corley said. “Not just for our country, but also for our family.”
Corley wasn’t alone. The Veterans Day event honored all those who served, and their families, with speakers and the Navy band on-hand to play patriotic favorites.
There were a dozen WWII veterans at the ceremony. One of those veterans was Terry Shima. Shima said the ceremony was special and emotional, especially the wreath-laying ceremony, which gave each WWII veteran in attendance the chance to remember those who gave their lives.
“They’re the ones who should be honored,” Shima said. “We are just their representatives.”
Shima said he used the ceremony as a way to reflect on his service, and remember those who didn’t come home. And, he says Veterans Day is a day he never takes for granted.
“We’re all sort of hobbling around, and we don’t know how many years we’re going to be doing this,” Shima said. “We want every year to count.”