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."