“This is one of events we look forward to yearly,” Jon Partridge of the Firebird Young Marines on Saturday. “It’s a certain atmosphere that makes you proud to be an American.”
Monday's events kicked off with a military flyover of vintage planes in the traditional missing-man formation that is an aerial salute to the fallen. There also were patriotic songs, a parade of colors, placing of wreaths and other traditions.
The emotional ceremony ended with "Taps," a rifle volley and the releasing of dozens of white doves.
Many local military members and veterans from all branches came out to pay tribute to others who never came home.
The event -- which is considered one of the best in the country, second only to the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery -- was open to everyone.