Vice President Mike Pence spoke during a memorial service for the late Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Yeager died last month at age 97. The West Virginia native in 1947 became the first person to fly faster than sound. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)
UPDATED 6:00 PM PT – Friday, January 15, 2021
Vice President Mike Pence honored the life of the late Air Force brigadier General Chuck Yeager. On Friday, Pence gave an opening speech at Yeager’s memorial service in Charleston, West Virginia alongside his wife.
The group traveled aboard Air Force Two, bringing Yeager’s casket a step closer to his final resting place. In 1947, the West Virginia native became the first person to fly faster than sound.
During the ceremony, Pence highlighted Yeager’s decorated military career.
“I know that as long as Americans push the boundaries of what’s possible, as long as we’re brave enough to push the outside of the envelope, and as long as American pilots and astronauts soar to the skies and the great beyond, the life, the example, the courage of General Chuck Yeager will ever inspire,” Pence stated.
Yeager died last month at the age of 97, leaving behind his wife and four children from a previous relationship.