FAIRBURY, NE — A World War Two veteran has a new plaque and quilt after a ceremony honoring his service Tuesday morning.

The Jefferson County Commissioners honored Bill Wrigley of Fairbury as the Veteran of Month at a presentation outside of the courthouse.  Wrigley served in the Marine Corps from October, 1943 to July, 1946.  He was stationed at camps and bases in California, Florida and North Carolina over that time. He participated in Radio Training School, Wing Intelligence Training and worked on military discharge papers.

Wrigley says he’s thankful for his time in the service.

“I don’t think being in combat is necessarily any good, but the training you get - I think a lot of these young kids need that,” Wrigley said.

Officials also presented Wrigley with a quilt of valor.  The national non-profit seeks to give comforting and healing quilts to veterans.

Wrigley started farming near Harbine after his discharge. He spent 12 years as a county commissioner and served on the local school board. 

Wrigley says he’s developed an appreciation for his country and his county over his 98 years.

“We don’t realize how lucky we are to live in the United States, especially in Jefferson County,” Wrigley said.

Bill and his wife, Marilyn, have been married 71 years and live in Fairbury.