Pine Belt WWII veterans honored at Lamar "Spirit of '45" awards

Published: Aug. 14, 2015 at 5:54 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2015 at 10:43 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Nearly two dozen World War Two veterans from, Hattiesburg, Purvis and Sumrall were honored in Oak Grove Friday during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of that war.

Eighteen veterans from every branch of the armed forces received certificates of appreciation, medallions from the National Guard and an American flag from Congressman Steven Palazzo during a "Spirit of '45" awards ceremony at the Lamar County Oak Grove Senior and Veterans Center.

The veterans and their families were also treated to lunch.

"I'm glad that they have done this for us today and I hope that the young people recognize what the World War Two veterans did," said Royce Nation, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944-46.

"Well, I appreciate it and everything else and I hope they continue when I'm long gone," said Harold Stover, another U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served from 1940-1960.  He also celebrated his 91st birthday Friday.

"It's been a wonderful celebration and all the folks here who participated did a wonderful job," said Ivan Bodell, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-46.

Aug. 14 is a national day of remembrance commemorating the end of World War Two.

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