VIRGINIA BEACH-- As part of the last day of the Neptune Festival, folks paused to recognize the hometown heroes.
It was a standing ovation for a soldier, a sailor, a marine, an airman, and a member of the US Coastguard. "It's an honor to be here today, I'm very happy."
The US Army recognized Cpl Vincent Jorgansen. He told us about his order to stay on duty in Iraq. "We went out; we got some information on a house. A squad went in, and some of them didn't come out."
Captain Bob Geis, the CEO of NAS Oceana was the featured speaker. "The heroes give selflessly of themselves every day. And a hero is whether they are wearing a uniform in a nation, uniform as a police officer, or even just the clothes of a teacher. Those heroes are in our community, and sometimes we don't know who they are. They are just doing amazing work every day."
Virginia Beach fire, police and rescue were honored for responding to the Good Friday Jet Crash. "It's nice to be recognized for something we just feel is going to work, doing our job day in and day out. Yes, it's nice to be recognized."