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‘A day to celebrate, remember and pray’: Emotional remembrances at D.C.’s Veterans Memorial

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At the National Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., the significance of what the memorial represents is hard for some to put into words.

“It’s a feeling,” explains Bill Matheny, who served in Vietnam. “An association with your past and relatives.”

Matheny’s uncles served in World War II, “in Europe, and one in the Philippines.”

That’s why his son, John, originally from Ohio, felt the need to bring his dad to see the memorial wall.

“It’s an honor to be here and pay tribute,” John said.

As the nation remembers its veterans, many people made it a point to stop at the World War II memorial and honor those who have sacrificed and served.

At the Ohio section of the memorial, several people paid special tribute to veterans from the Buckeye State.

“Buckeyes up there,” said Sue Douglas. “It’s what we should be doing on Veterans Day, I think: it’s a day to celebrate, remember and pray.”

Douglas is from Columbus. She walked through the memorial to remember her dad, a World War II veteran who never had the chance to see the memorial in person.

“One of the greatest regrets is not getting him here,” she said.

While some visited to remember, others came to learn. Schools from Columbus and Cleveland sent students to Washington to better understand the sacrifice so many made.

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