Hundreds Honor Vietnam Vets

'Honor those who have served and especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.'

Saturday, May 26, 2012  |  Updated 11:07 AM EDT
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Hundreds of people gathered along the Mall Friday night to remember those lost in America's wars. News4's Shomari Stone reports from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Shomari Stone

Hundreds of people gathered along the Mall Friday night to remember those lost in America's wars. News4's Shomari Stone reports from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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For many, Memorial Day is a chance to enjoy a relaxing three-day weekend grilling and hanging out by the pool.

But for others, it’s a time to reflect and honor those who sacrificed everything for their country.

Thousands gathered Friday night at the Vietnam Memorial for a vigil to remember the 58,272 American men and women who died in the war.

Curtis Michel, who’s a veteran himself, said it best.

“Honor those who have served and especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Similar events are going on all weekend around the District.

Elijah Baker is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He spent Friday night randomly finding and thanking World War II vets for their service.

“It’s an honor just to get up and go to them and say ‘Hey, thanks for what you did. We’ve taken the baton from you and we’ve learned a lot of our lessons from you.’”

How will you be honoring veterans this Memorial Day? Let us know in the comments below.

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