WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — The names of nearly 7,000 service members who have died since 9/11 were read on the National Mall ahead of Memorial Day.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America hosted the name-reading ceremony Saturday. The organizations say they expected more than 450 people to take part in reading the names including former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and retired Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA Director.
WNEW’s Heather Curtis reports there was a constant line of people standing to the side of the podium waiting to read the names of the fallen.
The reading of the names began at 10 a.m. and a closing ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m.
More From Washington
- Pregnant Woman Set on Fire in Capitol Heights; Baby Delivered Early
- National Cathedral Removing Confederate General Windows
- José Andrés to Cook for Displaced Houston Residents
- Comedian, Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies at 84
(TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)