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A Soldier's Tribute

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A World War II veteran gets a proper military salute over 30 years after his death.  

Newschannel 6 was at the veterans’ memorial service on Friday and talked to the son about what the day meant to him and his family.

"I feel good about it knowing that I have done it for him,” said Rodney Williams, son of WWII veteran. “It’s something that has been on my mind for the longest and in my heart for me to do. I’m kind of glad that I got it done.”

Nelson Williams died in Nov. 22, 1982 from cancer. He was a US army veteran that was honorably discharged from the military, but never received a military salute at his funeral.

On Friday, after 31-years Williams was recognized for serving our country during WWII.

Rodney said his father’s sacrifice is one he will forever cherish, especially because he once wanted to serve his country.

“I spoke to a gentleman about me joining the Air Force and I was going to go to college and get a degree,” said Rodney.

However, Rodney joined the armed forces. Instead he raised two sons that followed in his fathers footsteps.

"I have two sons that served in the military. I didn't get a chance to serve but my father did. Knowing that [his father and two sons served in the military] makes me feel real proud. Very proud," said Rodney.

Rodney’s sons were not at their grandfathers’ memorial service, but he said they would be proud to know he was honored for his service to the country.

“They would be proud. In fact, my oldest son was only two when my father passed away, but he knew about his grandfather being a veteran in the military. I only told him a little bit about him, but he will feel proud. Matter of fact both of my sons will feel proud about that,” said Rodney.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6