Veterans, families and government officials gathered Thursday morning at New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park to honor the legacy of Ernie Pyle, the legendary war correspondent who covered World War II for Scripps-Howard. Pyle first covered the European Theater during the war. He survived a bombing during Operation Cobra in the Normandy Campaign and in 1944, won a Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious prize. In 1945, he returned to combat to cover the war in Japan. He was shot and killed on Ie Shima, near Okinawa.