By Steven Allen Adams, The Parkersburg News & Sentinel
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chuck Yeager, the World War II ace fighter pilot who earned international fame for being the first person to break the sound barrier, was honored Friday with a memorial service attended by Vice President Mike Pence in Charleston.
Yeager, a West Virginia native, died on Dec. 7, 2020.
Yeager’s memorial service took place on a rainy Friday at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The event included flybys of military aircraft and video eulogies from friends, astronauts, celebrities and fellow Air Force officers.
Members of the 88th Air Base Wing from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio were on hand to post the colors while the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band and the classical crossover group Veritas provided hymns and inspirational songs.
The event was open to the public, but security was tightened due to the vice president’s attendance more than a week after an attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob as Pence was presiding over a joint session of Congress to count electoral college ballots…