LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Ninety-two-year-old World War II veteran Sidney Lott Sr. was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and was told earlier this year that he only had a few months to live.
"About six months ago he was given up for dead, he just had no life, no response or anything," said Chaplain John Cockrell.
Lott's children said one of their father's wish before dying was to see his service medals again. These were medals he lost years ago.
"My father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and we wanted him to have these medals before it was too late while he was still living," said daughter Pinky Jones.
Congressman Steven Palazzo made their father's wish came true. Palazzo's Field Rep. Clifton Addison arrived to Lott's home Thursday to surprise him with medals he had never received and to also replace the ones he had lost. The Perry County native, who now lives in Laurel, was presented with three medals, a ribbon, a lapel pin and a flag that was flown over the United States Capital.
"I thank God for allowing me the privilege in seeing this day," Lott said.
"I almost cried in there because I was so excited for him because I know how proud he is to serve for his country," said son Terry Lott.
Lott and his family thank Congressman Palazzo for his medals.
"It couldn't have come at a better time in his life because at least he got to see his roses before you know anything happens to him," Jones said.