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Veterans & fallen officer honored at Mount Soledad

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With Veterans Day just two days away --- dozens of people, including law enforcement officers and elected officials, gathered atop Mount Soledad this afternoon for a special ceremony.

One of the veterans honored was a fallen San Diego police officer.

Symbols of patriotism and honor were on display Saturday atop Mount Soledad for the annual Veteran's Day ceremony.

But, for one father there -- those signs were more meaningful than many will ever be able to understand.

"Hard to explain how much it means...but it means a lot." 

Dr. Rob Henwood's son, Jeremy Henwood, was a marine, as well as a San Diego police officer.

In August of 2011, he had just bought a little boy cookies inside McDonald's while on patrol in City Heights when a suicidal man walked up to his car with a gun and killed him.

Dr. Henwood said, "It still gets to you. Some days you forget a little. Other days -- it just hits you."

While this afternoon's ceremony honored all veterans -- it paid tribute to officer Henwood in a very special way.

"We remember those who can't be with us today because they made the ultimate sacrifice."

A plaque bearing his name and rank will now be added to a wall alongside more than 3,400 of his fellow American heroes. 

Memorial president Bruce Bailey said, "He was a veteran and although he died as an officer, it doesn't make a difference."

Chief William Lansdowne said, "What they have done for us is meaningful and what Jeremy Henwood has done is something we should recognize." 

A permanent fixture and a sign that no matter how much time has passed officer Henwood's memory will forever live on.

"Very proud of him. Jeremy has a legacy that's awesome."

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