WWII veteran honored for his service
As those around him sang God Bless America, Walt Glazer Sr. joined in with a voice that was surprisingly strong for his 99 years.
Then Rick Shroyer of Veterans Heart Group thanked Glazer for his service to his country and the two veterans shared a salute during a recognition ceremony held by Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC) on Monday.
Glazer served his country as a fighter pilot during World War II, flying 17 missions in the B-24 Bomber. He then joined the reserves, and was called back to duty during the Korean Conflict. He flew 35 combat missions in the B-29 Bomber during that conflict.
The veteran has been in Statesville for a little over a week, staying with his son Walt Glazer Jr. and wife Ginny, after evacuating from Florida as Hurricane Dorian approached. Thanks to HPCIC’s participation in the national We Honor Veterans program, the family was able to recognize Glazer’s years of service with a ceremony that included the presentation of a pin and a patriotic throw that was hand-made by a hospice volunteer.
“Thank you for your service to our nation … and your bravery and commitment to ensure our freedom,” said HPCIC social worker Michele Smith. “We believe it is never too late to give a veteran a hero’s welcome home.”
While his father didn’t talk much about his time in the military, Walt Glazer Jr. fondly recalled a time a few years ago when they had the chance to visit an air show to view historic planes. His father was able to climb into the cockpit of a B-24, and then found himself being thanked by those in the crowd for his service and being a hero.
“He said, ‘I’m not the hero,” Glazer Jr. recalled.
Glazer Sr. was showing that same humility on Monday, as he thanked those around him repeatedly for attending the ceremony. “I really appreciate this,” he said.