103-year-old Giles County veteran visits D-Day Memorial in Bedford with his kids

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — A World War II veteran from the New River Valley made a special visit to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford on Tuesday.

Walter Sarver is 103 years old and served in World War II. Sarver was born in Giles County and enlisted in the Army in 1941 in Roanoke.

During his service, he served as a Tech Sergeant in the anti-aircraft unit in the European Theater of Operations during the war.

Picture of Walter Sarver in the Army (Photo: Courtesy Susanne Sigman)

“A lot of people gave their life for this country, so you’ve got to honor those people, they give it all,” said Sarver.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Sarver brought his kids with him during his visit to the memorial. During their visit, Sarver and two of his sons, Larry and Nelson — both of whom served in the Army — were honored with their own bricks.

“I just feel humbled, honored to be here for my dad as well as you know, I reflect a lot on this memorial. It’s, it’s just a beautiful place,” said Nelson Walter Sarver, a Vietnam War veteran.

Sarver and his wife had eight children. Now, they have 23 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Most of them live in Virginia and can visit the D-Day Memorial to see the Sarver family honored in the bricks there.

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