WWII Vet makes first visit to Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Day

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The men and women in the armed services have seen more than most of us can imagine.

But one near-centennial says Veterans Day 2015 brought about a first for him, all thanks to Madison's top official.

"When the Navy recruiter came in, he said 'You'll have girl in every port.' 'Sign me up!' I said," laughed Sherwin Callander, or as his business card says: The Chick Magnet.

"He's a World War II veteran, he's been to Normandy and Pearl Harbor," said Madison Mayor Troy Trulock.

The crazy part is that the experience almost didn't happen. Mayor Trulock made sure Callander attended the veterans breakfast Wednesday morning, and the vet thought his day was over.

"I said well, no. From there we're coming to the Veterans Memorial," recalled Trulock. "He said 'what was that?'"

Ninety-five years of life, six years of courageous service with the U.S. Navy, but somehow the Madison resident never heard of Veterans Memorial Park.

"He was brought to tears here just to see all this," said Trulock.

Senior leadership representing different branches thanked him for his service. Callander ended the day with a number of coins.

He said the day was one to remember, and said quite frankly that he is alive to witness it.

"The best part is all the pretty women, I get so many hugs, I love that," he smiled.