WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - It was a medal one Air Force member never thought he'd get to wear and a surprise he'll never forget.
Arthur Feather received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal Saturday, as part of a surprise ceremony at the Watertown Elks Lodge.
“To be actually awarded this by an Air Force officer is a big, huge deal. It really is. And you know, I’ll always remember this occasion, this day. And now I have it,” said Feather.
For Captain Chris Sturick, who has awarded military medals throughout his career, this ceremony carries a little more significance.
”To be able to do that to a veteran that served over 60 years ago is certainly special, and you don’t get to do that everyday. So yeah, definitely ranks probably number one so far. It’ll be tough to top that one," said Capt. Sturick.
Feather earned the honor after being discharged in 1959. But, he was never sent back to his home base in Germany and missed the medal presentation.
Up until today, Feather didn’t think he’d ever get to wear it.
“After 60 years, you kind of, I don’t know, kind of give up that it was ever going to happen,” said Feather, “It was always something I was missing in my life. It means a lot, it really does. It’s a big, big deal to me to have it.”
And with Veterans Day right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better.