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NORFOLK - The annual Submarine Veterans of World War II Memorial Service was conducted Thursday at Naval Station Norfolk.

The ceremony also honors all submarines and submariners lost since the submarine's force inception April 11, 1900.

The event is held each year prior to Memorial Day.

Cmdr. Stan Stewart Jr., SUBLRNFAC commanding officer, welcomed the more than 100 veterans, active duty sailors, spouses, and visitors.

'Today as we take the time to remember submarine heroes of the past, I wanted to emphasize the word 'heroes.' Too often we forget what the word means, and I believe it means something different to all of us. So today, I ask that you all take a moment and consider what the word hero means to you. Again, thank you all for coming and I hope you enjoy the ceremony.'

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