Atop Skinners Butte, veterans are honored with a moment of silence

Here in Eugene, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was celebrated with a ruck - that's a military term for a weighted hike.

EUGENE, Ore. - Here in Eugene, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was celebrated with a ruck - that's a military term for a weighted hike.

A large crowd gathered to hike up to the top of Skinner Butte, where they held a moment of silence for those who we've lost while serving in the military, followed by a pledge of allegiance.

This is the first time this event has been held in Eugene and one of the organizers we spoke to says he was amazed by the number of people who showed up.

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"Our goal would be to unite the community, not divide it and just showcase the fact that everybody who served in the military, they're your next-door neighbor and they're just people like everyone,” said Derek Leblance, the co-organizer. “It's important that we do wrap our arms around them and make sure they feel loved and welcomed home and never forgotten.”

This was the first time this event was held, but the organizers say they hope to continue it in the future.

Organizers say at least 50 to 100 hikers took part in today's ruck.

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