Michael Kopanic, 94, of Liberty, believes he is the last surviving member of his division.
Kopanic served with the U.S. Army's 39th Engineers during World War II, traveling from North Africa all the way through Italy. Members of his division kept in touch throughout the years and held a yearly reunion until recently.
''I can't get hold of anyone any more,'' Kopanic said. ''I think they're all gone now.''
Township and students recognized veterans Nov. 9 with a ceremony at the high school gymnasium. Pictured is World War II veteran, Michael Kopanic, right, with his son, Bob Kopanic, at the ceremony.
Kopanic was among several local veterans who were honored Nov. 9 with a Veterans Day ceremony held at the high school gymnasium.
''During the war, some of us didn't even get our six weeks training before we were sent out on maneuvers,'' Kopanic said.
Students pulled together to honor veterans with a program that included patriotic songs performed by the high school band and choir. Members of first grade classes from E.J. Blott Elementary School created an American flag using their handprints to create all 50 stars on a blue background and each of the 13 red and white stripes. Students also formed a parade of flags that represented each of the six branches of the military while the band and choir performed each military anthem.
Veterans and audience members stood during the parade as well as during the playing of the National Anthem.
Keynote speaker for the event was Major Brent Davis from the 910 Air Lift Wing at the Vienna Air Base.
''Whether they wear the uniform today or decades ago, veterans represent an unwavering dedication,'' Davis said.
Kopanic, who still remembers being shipped off to war even before his six weeks of training had been completed, was instrumental in getting the Veterans Center built in the township.
''He was one of those who pushed to get the center,'' said Kopanic's son, Bob.
He still volunteers at the center, Bob Kopanic said, even if it's only a couple hours a week.
Kopanic, who took care of his wife when she became ill and until she passed away in 2000, has three sons and one daughter.