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Capitol Lens: V-E Day

WWII veteran Les Jones of San Clemente, Calif., and Army Spec. Tyler Amaker attend the flyover Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Photo Editor Bill Clark and Staff Photographer Tom Williams attended the Arsenal of Democracy flyover Friday and captured some stunning moments.  

Many veterans from WWII were on the Mall to watch the commemorative event. According to the organizing group, the flyover included dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 15 historical warbird formations representing the major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan.  

Williams, looking to get IDs for captioning asked one feisty veteran his age. "None of your business," the vet replied.  

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Barbara Martin, 93, of Bowie, Md., who served in the Army Medical Corps, talks to Brigadier Gen. David Creagh of Australia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

   

Spectators watch World War II era aircraft as they fly over the World War II Memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Spectators watch World War II-era aircraft as they fly over the World War II Memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

   

World War II era planes fly past the Washington Monument. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

World War II-era planes fly past the Washington Monument. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

   

Mustang World War II era planes fly past the Smithsonian Castle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Mustang World War II-era planes fly past the Smithsonian Castle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

   

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Former Sens. John W. Warner, left, and Bob Dole attend a ceremony at World War II Memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

   

   

Brigadier Gen. David Creagh of Australia, watches World War II era aircraft as they fly over the World War II Memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Brigadier Gen. David Creagh of Australia watches World War II-era aircraft as they fly over the World War II Memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

   

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Warner, center, and Dole, right, talk with Jon Naar, 95, who served with the British Special Operations Executive during the ceremony. Warner served in the Navy and Marines, and Dole was wounded while serving in the Army during WWII. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

   

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