CHARLESTON W. VA. (WVVA) - A West Virginia Native son is the focus of a ceremony with the Vice President of the United States in attendance.
Brigadaire general Chuck Yeager died last month and he's being remembered in a special gathering in Charleston on Thursday.
Leaders, including the Vice President of the United States, are paying their respects to General Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.
Yeager's contribution to aviation generated praise from Vice President Mike Pence.
"It's deeply humbling to be here with you today to pay tribute to one of the greatest heroes in American history, General Chuck Yeager," said Pence.
Yeager's Military career started as an aviation mechanic before moving into the cockpit as a pilot.
He quickly earned a reputation for becoming an ace pilot, after shooting down five German planes in a single dog-fight in the air.
This was before Yeager became a test pilot, which put him on the path to becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.
"He served his country in uniform for more than thirty years. He pushed the boundaries of what we never knew was possible," said Pence. "He seemed like an ordinary American kid, but in time he would become the greatest military aviator in history."
U.S. Senators Capito and Manchin echoed that sentiment that General Yeager was a hero to many.
"Long after his record breaking flight, Chuck remained in our hearts as a symbol of patriotism and Bravery," said Manchin. "His life is full of tales of valor; his stoicism in the face of danger and his determination to perform his duty no matter the cost."
"He was an incredible aviator, a great American hero, so patriotic," said Capito.
The ceremony honoring Yeager drew tributes from friends, family, and leaders like West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, who presented Yeager's widow with a flag for one of West Virginia's most famous native sons.
"For all of West Virginia, for all this nation, we will never ever forget," said Justice. "God bless you and God bless this great man in every way."
The full ceremony honoring General Chuck Yeager, can be streamed on YouTube.