CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - As the United States prepares to celebrate Veterans Day, people at the University of Virginia paid tribute on Tuesday.  

A 24 hour long vigil held to honor those veterans who did not make their way home, and it ended with a big ceremony held in the ballroom of UVA's Newcomb Hall.

Cadets and midshipmen from UVA’s ROTC units started marching for 24 hours leading up to the event, in order to remember prisoners of war and those missing in action. 

"The veterans who have come before us have given so much and it gives us as future officers and opportunity to really understand and to take part in honoring them," said Cadet Olivia Staff.

The service started with the singing of the national anthem followed by a prayer. There was also a joint color guard, and a flag folding ceremony.

A lunch will be held at 12 p.m. Wednesday for faculty and staff who were in the military.