Celebrating Veterans Day in D.C.

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Monday was the official Veteran’s Day Holiday.

Many are taking the day to honor our men and women in uniform.

Our Washington Correspondent Jessica Smith reports on how the nation’s capital is paying tribute to those who have served.

For some, the significance of a memorial like this is hard to put in to words. 

“It’s a feeling. An association with your past and relatives” Said Veteran Bill Matheny.

Bill Matheny served in Vietnam and his uncles in World War II.

“Three in Europe and one in Philippines.” Continued Matheny.

That’s why Bill’s son, John originally from Ohio felt the need to bring his dad here. 

“It’s an honor to be here and pay tribute” Said Bill’s son John.

As the nation remembers its veterans, many people made it a point to stop at the World War 2 memorial and honor those who have sacrificed and served.

Here are at the Ohio section of the Memorial, several people paid special tribute to veterans from the Buckeye State.

“Buckeyes up there…it’s what we should be doing on veterans day I think. It’s a day to celebrate, remember and pray.” Said Sue Douglas of Columbus

Sue Douglas, from Columbus, 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 my greatest regrets is not getting him here” Said Sue Douglas.

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.

“We wanted them to be able to interact with their history.”

It’s a lesson these students will always remember, even after the holiday has passed.

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