By : Beth Hillyer
(KHNL) - On the deck of the historic battleship Missouri--where Japan surrendered and ended World War II--veterans of all ages, all ranks, all services and family members gathered for a ceremony at sunset.
"We gather today to honor the millions of brave Americans who have worn the cloth of our nation. To all of our veterans with us, we salute you for your service and sacrifice and your dedication to the worthy causes of freedom and democracy," Rear Admiral Townsend Alexander of the US Navy said. "Since the birth of our nation over, 250 years ago we have been blessed because American patriots have been willing to answer their country's call to serve."
Brandy Williams knows the meaning of sacrifice. Her husband Sgt. Eugene Williams was killed in Iraq.
"On this day, I lost not only my husband, but my soulmate, my best friend, the father of my children and the America lost a brave and courageous soldier," Williams said. "My husband is now home in Hawaii on top of a hill overlooking Pearl Harbor. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to honor my husband today let us always pay tribute to veteran past and present not only today but everyday."