Ceremony remembers victims and heroes of Navy Yard shooting

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Nine months ago, a tragedy unfolded at the Navy Yard in D.C.

On Monday, the military honored the 12 people who lost their lives in the mass shooting, and the heroes who saved others.

Military and civilians came together at Luetze Park for a touching ceremony.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus praised the heroism, and they honored military personnel involved, as well as numerous police and other government agencies.

They also remembered the 12 victims shot and killed by Aaron Alexis, and presented awards to the families of those killed.

"I'm happy that everyone's being remembered, you know - they're not just another statistic," said Kendull Proctor, the son of Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, of Waldorf - one of the victims. "I'm glad everyone has a name."

"[Today] recognizes heroes and heroism, points toward the goodness in man and really sets [us all] on a course to continue recovering and to move forward," Navy Yard commander Willy Hilarides said during the ceremony.