While welcome rains were falling outside on Monday morning, veterans were joined by their friends, family and others in paying tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War.
The ceremony was moved indoors to the Nimitz Ballroom where Gen. Mike Hagee, (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, served as master of ceremonies.
Posting the colors was the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard.
Capt. Roger Spencer, (USN, ret.), offered the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cadet Janna Duecker, a member of the Fredericksburg High School NJROTC.
The Fredericksburg Community Band, under the direction of Dani Rauschuber, played the National Anthem and a medley of service anthems.
Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Hans M. Mark, a leading expert in the fields of aerospace design and national defense policy.