December 22nd, 2010
08:17 AM ET
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (CNN) - CNN senior White House correspondent Ed Henry and I visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial to gauge reaction to President Obama's historic signing of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell Wednesday morning.
We also interviewed two gay veterans, Jeff Cadavona (Ret. U.S. Air Force) and his partner Dale Head (Ret. U.S. Army), who live on Oahu and served in the U.S. military long before Don't Ask Don't Tell, back when gay people were simply banned from serving. Both of them are glad to be alive to see the law repealed.
After speaking to veterans and non-veterans of all ages, Henry found that most people thought this was a long time coming and would have happened sooner if not for politics.
CNN senior photojournalist Peter Morris shot and edited this story.