WWII veteran from Belvidere receives big surprise for 95th birthday

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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.