DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - The Town of Davie marked Memorial Day with a traditional program to celebrate and honor some deserving servicemen, including one World War II veteran.

Monday was a morning of parading, saluting and remembering those who served our country. Residents filled the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds to celebrate and reflect on all the brave men and women who risked it all for our freedom.

For some, like Leslie Loewenthal, who is a war hero’s daughter, the ceremony was personal. “I’m so proud. I miss my dad so much, but I’m so happy that he’s receiving this award, and there’s a piece of him here with me today,” she said.

Loewenthal’s father was U.S. Army Lt. Col. Daniel Loewenthal. He was honored at the Order of Saint George Knighting Ceremony, Monday morning.

The honoree was already the recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart in WWII. Even after he passed away in 1989, his legacy lives on.

This Memorial Day, the veteran was honored with the Order of Saint George medal, a reward that honors the top officers who serve or served as tankers and cavalrymen in above leadership and command positions.

Leslie Loewenthal received the award on behalf of her father. “I’m grateful to be able to be here today with wonderful friends and a crowd to celebrate,” she said, “and to remember our veterans and those who gave all, and those who serve currently and those who have served. It’s not enough [that] we can do to help our veterans.”

Lt. Col. Daniel Loewenthal was one of four military heroes who were honored for their service.

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