GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- For a few minutes, the Rogue River was quiet. The speedy white water hydroplanes at Boatnik Memorial Day slowed down and all the festival goers bowed their heads, put their right hands over their hearts and thanked members of the military that died while serving. They also thanked veterans like 93-year-old three time war veteran Jack Peed. He fought in World War II, the Vietnam and Korean Wars and comes from a Navy family.
"I [served for] 24 years. My oldest brother was in before the war started. I don't remember how many years he had. I don't know how many years [my youngest brother] had," Peed added.
Now that both of his brothers have passed away, Jack’s proud that on days like Memorial Day, he and his brothers are honored. He's also grateful Boatnik took time to celebrate all veterans and the country he served.
"It makes me feel good that people recognize these guys. It was a real privilege to serve, especially with all the guys I was with and a lot of things,” said Peed.
And while plenty of people thanked him for his service Monday, he wants to thank the United States for letting him do just that.
"I just considered it a privilege to serve in the United States Navy and all the time I was in. I put 24 years in. I had a good life really."
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