Sites and sounds from celebrations of those who've served
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA, KECY) - Thursday was a very special day at Arlington National Cemetery. This year Veterans Day coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
To mark this hallowed occasion, a special procession marched through the grounds. It was comprised of the U.S. Marine Corps' 3rd Infantry Ceremonial Guard Company, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, the U.S. Navy Honor Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard, and the U.S. Army Band.
Members of the 3rd Infantry marched in World War I Doughboy, World War II, and Korean War formations to honor this historical tie to the wars represented by the Unknowns.
Each brand of the military also marked the day with flyovers which included UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, MV22 Ospreys, FA-18 Hornets, C-130 Hercules, and F-16 Falcons.
The first American soldier was interred at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder on November 11th, 1921.
President Joe Biden also took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb Thursday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA, KECY) - After visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, President Biden joined a Veterans Day commemoration at the Arlington National Cemetary Amphitheater.
"Our veterans represent the best of America. You are the very spine of America, not just the backbone. you are the spine,and all of us, all of us, owe you," said the President.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA, KECY) - The National World War II memorial was also the scene of a special ceremony Thursday.
The Friends of the Memorial and the National Park Service paid tribute to the more than 16-million Americans who served in the war. The event also honored the 400,000 service men and women who died during the conflict.
Veterans laid wreaths at the Freedom Wall in memory of their fallen comrades.
CHICAGO, Ill. (KYMA, KECY) - In the Windy City, Veterans Day ceremonies were held at Soldier Field.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker's father and grandfather were both naval officers.
“These past nearly two years of the pandemic have offered many of us new light with which we can revisit our perspectives on the world," said Gov. Pritzker. "“It’s a humbling reminder of a great, ever-present community of centuries: the men and women who did not need any reminder by an invisible enemy to know that great service, and sometimes great sacrifice, are needed to preserve our values.”
NEW YORK, NY (WCBS) - New York City held its first Veterans Day parade in two-years. WCBS' John Dias takes us to the festivities.
PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Here in Arizona, Phoenix residents got treated to a patriotic celebration of our service members.
The city's annual parade featured, 2,500 marchers and 10 floats. Tens of thousands of people turned out to watchthis year's parade.