DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Post 3073 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held its annual Veterans Day event Monday morning to honor all who served.
Out of the many veterans in the United States, only two percent of those who served in World War II are still alive.
While at the event, Nancy Smith Pittman told WDHN the story of her father, Homer Smith, who is one of those few WWII veterans left.
“He’s a very humble man,” Smith-Pittman said. “He didn’t say much about the war. We learned about it a lot about later in life as we got older.”
In September 2018, Smith was recognized by the French Government, receiving the French Legion of Honor Medal.
“He was just grateful to be able to serve his country, but he was captured in the north part of France after having traversed the whole country of France,” Smith-Pittman said.
According to her, Smith marched through snow and other harsh conditions but managed to make it through, surviving to the present day.
Smith-Pittman said she and her brother are not only proud of her dad but the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country as well.