COMMACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It’s taken 70 years, but a World War II nurse has finally been honored for her service.

“I feel grateful, not for me, but for all the cadets. There weren’t millions of us,” Adele Danon told CBS2’s Alice Gainer.

During WWII Danon remained stateside as a United States nursing cadet.

Back then, the U.S. military enlisted stateside medical trainees to take the place of doctors and nurses who were shipped overseas.

The nursing cadets were never recognized by the military.

Adele is one of thousands identified through a national campaign to properly recognize their service now.

On Thursday, at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center she was given a congressional proclamation.

“Since I was recognized it really is for all of us,” she said.

Her proud family was also there.

“She’s just like a really great lady, and she’s done a great job throughout her life, and her work, and what she’s passionate about, so just so proud of her on this day,” Adam Mazzaferro said.

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) was on hand for the ceremony.

“We’re not going to be able to hear these stories firsthand forever,” he said. “Take the time to just sit down and listen. Hear their stories, they appreciate it. They love that opportunity to share their story.”

Danon credits nursing with keeping her young. She didn’t retire until the age of 85.


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