Remembering and Honoring Veterans
Barbara Schneider added, "My son is currently serving. He is serving his second deployment. He is in the Marine Corps and his name is Corporal Stephen Webber."
Stephen's father, David, explained, "The major reason I came here today is because Stephen used to come here and sit on the wall and read the names, not only on Veterans Day, but other times during the year."
At the start of each hour, Air Force and Navy ROTC cadets read the names of another 24 local veterans as part of Operation Remember. The vigil also includes 24 pairs of cadets taking turns marching.
"There is no greater honor than doing this," said Air Force ROTC cadet Kai Reyes. "It is the least we can do for the sacrifices they have made for us."
The march will end at 11:11 a.m. Saturday, the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The armistice ending World War I was signed at that time on Nov. 11, 1918.
Columbia's Veterans Day parade starts at 10:40 a.m. Saturday.