Veterans who served in what is known as the Silent Service received a special honor today.
Veterans who served on submarines were honored during the second annual “Tolling the Boats” ceremony at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.
The event honors the 130 Iowans who lost their lives serving on a submarine.
Those in attendance also admired the submarine memorial which lists the names of fallen submariners.
Organizers say the event recognizes sub-vets and their families who often times get forgotten.
“We know that of the 3,600 some men who gave their lives they did a great deal to win WWII for us, and we're proud of them but we're proud of all submariners wherever they may be,” says Submarine Veteran Neal Hanley.
The Iowa chapter of Submarine Veterans say they try to hold events honoring submariners at least twice a year.