Friends and family were on hand today to witness Congressman Brett Guthrie presenting service medals to World War II veteran Karl Hopper today.
Congressman Guthrie says he enjoys the opportunity to recognize those who serve, because without them, people wouldn't have the freedom and ability to vote.
"Mr. Hopper was at the Battle of the Bulge, so not only did he wear the uniform, he wore it in a big place, at big time... and he's part of big history," said Rep. Brett Guthrie.
Many family members shared in the moment, and say they're very proud he could experience this honor.
"I'm very proud of him. He has given his service to us, and I think this is a wonderful thing that we can do for him," said his granddaughter Mandy Hendrick.
While today was about honoring Hopper, he doesn't see his service as something to be honored, as much as it was his privilege to help. He took a moment to recall the bravery of the victims of concentration camps he witnessed, often giving their lives for one another.
"You could not believe that I saw those people and could do absolutely nothing. I could do nothing, but yet many of them had given their lives for their friends," said Karl Hopper.
Hopper wasn't just a soldier, he was a father of five, and by his side for 67 years was his wife Rebecca, who recalls the day he came home from war.
"Oh, I remember it. I was working at Fruit down on Church Street. When I came in, he was sitting in a rocking chair, about half asleep. Someone had brought him when he came in on the train," said Rebecca Hopper.
Hopper credits his faith in God for his service opportunities and his family.