Danville, VA - Veterans gathered for a ceremony in Danville Monday celebrating a piece of World War II history.They also honored one army veteran with a medal during the ceremony. Colonel Lawrence Meeder served for 30 years and today he received the Legion of Merit award. That's a high award in the army and requires a long process to request. Meeder wanted to receive the medal here in his hometown of Danville.
"It's always great to receive an award in front of your soldiers and as you can tell I've received a few already in front of my soldiers. But here I have my parents, my friends, the town," said Meeder.
Many other veterans spoke at the re-dedication ceremony. Local inmates worked over the past several months to help restore the World War Two cannon. Monday, some history of the cannon was presented. It was made in 1944 and in 1948 it was delivered to Danville. The cannon is dedicated to the 31 Danville soldiers who died in World War One.
"To have that howitzer here, restored as a symbol reminding people of Danville's service to the war, more especially Danville's service in the fight for freedom," said Sherman Saunders, Mayor.
Several local vendors such as Goodyear, Sherwin-Williams, and Nick's Towing contributed to the completion of the cannon.