LESLIE (WILX)-- Veterans across the country were honored Monday, and the story is no different in mid-Michigan. But in Leslie, they were honoring one of the last W.W. II veterans in the area.
At 94 years young, Marvin Anson Parker was surprised to be honored at this years Leslie Veterans Ceremony.
"I'm not used to things like this. As war went, I was told what I was supposed to do and I did it," said Parker
Parker was a medic, with a platoon that landed in Normandy, France at the beginning of the war. For three years he served, trying to save the lives of every wounded soldier that came under his care. That's why at the ceremony he was honored for going above and beyond the call of duty.
"I remember having to get out of the boat into the water and onto the shore. I had to be careful where I walked. One guy walked outside the path and it blew his leg off. I was just doing what I was supposed to do, and my job was to care for the wounded soldiers. ," said Parker.
""It's amazing to see and hear everything these guys went through. The sacrifices they made in their time overseas that's allowed us to have all the freedoms we have to do what we do," said Corporal Jason Fuller. Fuller is currently in the U.S. Army Reserve, and is Parker's grandson.
At the ceremony Parker was able to share for the first time his story with other veterans, passing on a history that needs to be remembered.
"It's a changing generation. Good to hear the stories because conflict has been so different over the years," said Steven Courtright, Commander of American Legion Post 491.
For all others that will be serving after him Parker leaves them with words of courage.
"Keep the world going on. Life going on. Do away with all the problems. Just make this life better and this world better."
Parker has passed on the tradition of military service to three of his grandsons, and one of his great grandsons is starting to look into the army as well.