World War II veterans remembered at memorial on National Mall

Hundreds gathered along the World War II Memorial in D.C. on Monday for a ceremony honoring veterans from the war.

Among those who came to pay their respects was Dennis Shefski, a member of the Scottish American Military Society.

“It’s humbling to see these guys from WWII, and they’re disappearing at a quick rate, and the more we can pay homage to them, the better,” said Shefski, who has been coming to the event for years to lay a wreath.

“Every time you see a veteran, tell them, ‘Thank you for your service.’ They never get tired of hearing it,” he added.

Monday’s Veterans Day service also included musical tributes and words of gratitude for the sacrifices of many of the men and women in attendance.

Dick Stanton, who served in the Army and was stationed in Germany, came to the event with his daughter.

“It was very rewarding. In fact, God has been very kind to us. I survived, right?” Stanton said.

He eventually went on to work for NASA and has always been grateful for those who recognize his commitment to his country.

“It does people like me good,” Stanton said. “I survived to 94 years, so I guess I got the right stuff.”

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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