Veterans Day was honored last weekend with multiple events, with ceremonies at the war memorials and a parade.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
There was a special ceremony at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on its 30th anniversary.
World War I Memorial
There was a special recognition of women who served in the war, including the “Hello Girls.”
World War II Memorial
WWII veterans lay wreaths at the memorial:
Several WWII veterans attended the event, including:
Miller fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. He served for more than twenty years, heading General MacArthur’s “alert team” in the Korean War, and planning air strikes in the early phases of the Vietnam War.
McCarthy served with the Army Air Forces in China, along the China/Burma/India supply route:
Cohn was born in Germany. In 1938, when he was 14, his parents managed to get the family to the U.S. as they faced increasing anti-semitic violence in Germany. Cohn was drafted by the US Army in 1943 when he was 18, and fought in Europe, then later guarded Nazi prisoners being tried at Nuremberg.
There were also ceremonies that we didn’t get to, including at Arlington Cemetery, the Korean War Memorial, and the
Veterans Day Parade
There’s always been a Memorial Day parade along Constitution Avenue, but this year is the first time a Veterans Day parade was held. The plans are for this to become an annual tradition.
On all days
The memorials are visited by veterans throughout the year, not just on Veterans Day. Frequently, “honor flights” bring veterans from all over the country to visit war memorials for a day. Here are some recent photos of honor flights: