As Memorial Day weekend begins, a local veteran was honored with a medal he’s waited years for.
Today, Peter Bury received the Bronze Star, a medal awarded to members of the U.S. Army for heroic or meritorious achievement or service.
“I’ve never been so excited an happy in my life, except for my wedding, I would put that first. Oh and…my two kids,” said Bury jokingly.
As a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Bury fought in Korea from 1950 to 1953. He served as a forward observer for field artillery units and saw action at several outposts. Bury’s service earned him a Bronze Star, but as life got in the way and paperwork delayed, he never properly received his medal.
64 years later, he finally received the honor, given by Congressman Bill Foster.
“But this is our chance to promote a truer narrative when, as a community, we come together to honor the service of one of our own, to ensure that he receives the respect and recognition that he absolutely deserves,” said Foster.
Because of a recent medical condition, Bury was admitted to Edward Hospital. Bury’s family quickly reached out to Congressman Foster to hold the ceremony at Edward.
The Lisle VFW was also in attendance to honor Bury at the presentation.
Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena reports.