Military service medals were presented last weekend to Edward McKee Jr. on behalf of his father, Army World War II veteran Pfc. Edward McKee Sr.

McKee’s original service medals were lost when the junior McKee was a boy, and he decided to honor his father’s memory and service by obtaining replacement medals, which proved difficult. The medals were presented by Rep. Kathy Hochul.

“I am honored to recognize Mr. McKee and his service to our nation,” Hochul said. ”It is vital that we continue to honor and recognize the bravery, dedication and sacrifice of all those who have served our nation.”