Guns sound on Washington St. for veterans

By Conor Mooney

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:22 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Guns sounded on Washington Street Monday at 11:11 a.m. for a downtown Binghamton ceremony.

Veterans met in front of the pedestrian bridge in honor of the Armistice.

The Marine Corp League, in conjunction with the American Legion, organized the event.

"Taps" was played to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The ceremony serves as a reminder of how far our country has come, what veterans have done to prevent history from repeating and to thank those who have served.

"What has happened in the past, history sometimes forgets and people don't remember what happened. The older gentlemen and all the people of the second world war remember what that is and we can't let history fade," said Frederick C. Kelley, a veteran and organizer.

On being thanked, Jim Nash, a U.S. Air Force veteran and staff sergeant said,"It feels good. In fact a runner just ran by, a young woman and said, 'thank you very much.' And I said, 'you're welcome and thank you.'"

The ceremony has been held in Binghamton every year since the marine corp league's inception into the city.

2013 marks the 80th year of the Marines meeting in Binghamton.