Alvin Taylor could not attend today's "greatest generation" ceremony, due to an unexpected illness.
But the celebration went on as planned, with children from Notre Dame Catholic School waving star streamers, singing a patriotic song, and reading some poems and thank- you letters.
Alvin's brother in law, Don Massie, says Alvin has never talked much about his war experiences.
But he says Alvin did speak of trying to save wounded soldiers and of being in heavy enemy fire in the South Pacific.
And he says Alvin was deeply impacted by what he saw in Japan, following the dropping of the atomic bombs.
"He said it was just unbelievable, how it was flattened and there was nothing left there. They just - it was hard for all the people with him to believe what had happened."
One of the Notre Dame students read aloud a letter, saying he hopes people call Mr. Taylor a hero, no matter where he goes.
Come out for a fundraiser for the Vietnam Monument Project!
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