WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Loved ones carried on a Father's Day tradition, placing thousands of roses at the base of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Those being honored were regular fathers or men who didn't get a chance to be dads but did extraordinary things and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
"It honors my father and all the other fallen soldiers on the wall. The yellow rose symbolizes the missing in action status, the red rose is the killed in action status," said Sharon Deane, a part of Father Killed in Action.
The red tipped white roses symbolize the heroes who have been inducted in the 'In Memory' program. They are not on the Wall.
Sharon Deane remembers her father who had been declared missing in action for decades until some of the remains of Army Lt. Col William L. Deane were found in 2001.
"Now we bring the red rose and it's a real honor to do that on behalf of my family who couldn't be here today. There's no one else who can be like dad, he lives in our hearts forever," said Deane.
"I was 8-years-old when I last saw him. Col Charles W. Burkart Jr. My father was a B-57 pilot who disappeared on a night time bombing mission on June 13, 1966. I realize what it means to have a father through my fathering of my two daughters. I miss him everyday and I'm proud of his service," said Bill Burkart.
"I'm the daughter of Lt. Colonel Kenneth A. Stonebraker who went down in Vietnam October 28, 1968. It's healing to be with other MIA children knowing you're not the only one who suffered this loss and it's very healing to see how many people are here and they're not forgotten and being honored today, " said Cindy Stonebraker.