Saying thanks with a march

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many people likely chose to celebrate Veterans Day with some sort of leisurely activity.

Twelve Army soldiers from Schofield chose a twelve mile march.

The ruck march began at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam at 7:15am, and culminated at the Natatorium, where the VFW held their 17th annual wreath laying and commemoration to honor all who served.

Not only did the soldiers march through town, they did so with 45-50 pound packs on their back.

Sergeant Nathaniel Harp explained why the men did it.

"We just wanted to honor those veterans who passed on before us, those who led the way, and our brothers and sisters that are serving along side of us right now".

The soldiers were given front-row seats to the commemoration, which offered a stark reminder to the true meaning of the holiday.

"Veterans Day to me, I don't even think of barbecuing or surfing. Veterans day to me is veterans that deserved to be thanked" said Norbert Enos, who served in Korea and Vietnam.

"There's nothing like the photograph of watching 19-20 year old people writing their will before they go off. It is a very powerful memory" said Ron Lockwood, himself a Vietnam veteran.

That memory is one Sergeant Harp and his fellow soldiers honored with the march.

"We just wanted to say thank you" he said simply.

The VFW said thanks in their own way as well. After the ceremony, they hosted the veterans in attendance, the marching soldiers and their families at the Elks Lodge with lunch.

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