BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) -- A World War II veteran was treated to a big surprise Wednesday for his 95th birthday.
Lowell Wagner was honored as the 2018 veteran of the year by the Boone County Veterans Assistance Commission.
Wagner was a third-class machinist in the U.S. Navy for eight years. He served in World II from Oct. 3, 1944 to April 7, 1946.
With nearly a dozen relatives visiting, Wagner says he is grateful for the honor and support.
"I'm astounded, I really am," Wagner said. "I'm tickled to death about this celebration. I feel grateful for all this. That's all there is, that's all I can have to say."
Wagner has another big moment to celebrate Thursday with his 39th wedding anniversary.