A 97-year-old WWII veteran from Florida visited the Bicentennial Mall in downtown Nashville on Monday.
The mall, which includes a WWII memorial, attracted numerous visitors for Memorial Day.
“I did not know about this place,” Quentin Brelsford told WKRN News 2. “It’s beautiful. It’s really nice.”
Brelsford, who is originally from Michigan, was in a wheelchair and wore a WWII veteran cap. He told WKRN that he worked in aviation maintenance and worked on engines to keep planes flying on the North African and Italian fronts during the war.
Others at the memorial came up to the former Army corporal to thank him for his service and some took his photo.
Brelsford was at the memorial with his son and daughter-in-law.
The WWII memorial was dedicated on November 11, 1997. It includes large granite markers giving a brief history of historic events during the war, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Battle of the Bulge. The memorial also includes a large granite globe that features a small map of Tennessee with lines showing the mileage to different theatres of war.