Supporting Our Troops
For some it was a call to remember, but for others it was more about recognizing those who currently serve the country.
Pat Kerr is an example of one who stopped by to show thanks to her daughter stationed abroad.
Kerr, the event organizer, said, "The goal of the event today is to promote continued support and enthusiasm for our men and women serving overseas, and, um, in the United States of America and to remember our veterans and our fallen heroes."
Not only was she attending the ceremonies, she organized them. She said, "We were here settin' up til ten, 12:30 last night. We were back here at 6 this morning, basically whatever happened here the buck stops here."
A majority of the 2,500 people in attendance have or have a loved one who is serving or once served, making this their opportunity to show they care.
Steve Diemler, commandant "Not political, not a political statement, it's just showing support for those men and women who are out there putting their lives on the line for us."
And while it may have been a somber event, the Marine Corps drill team from Washington D.C. made a special trip to lighten the mood.