It was a non-traditional ceremony but a celebration nonetheless as U.S. Rep. Susan Wild awarded a father and son long overdue medals for their military service.
Stephen Besz, originally from Allentown, contacted Wild's office for help tracking down medals owed to him and his father, Steven Pees Jr., who served as a radar operator in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Pees Jr. has died, but his seven medals, including the World War II Victory medal and Good Conduct medal, were hand-delivered to his son by Wild's staff and presented to him in front of family and friends during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.
"I encouraged any of my friends who had parents that served to contact the congressperson's office and go through the same process I did," Besz said.
Besz, who served his country as a radio operator in the Vietnam War, received four medals of his own, including the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service, and Vietnam Service.
Besz says he's humbled he and his father were finally awarded for their service.