MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette County Veteran Alliance honored Peter B. Shelafoe as Marquette County Veteran of the Year Saturday.
The Elks Club in Marquette was packed to honor Shelafoe who served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1959 where he received the National Defense Service Medal. Shelafoe earned the Marquette County Veteran of the Year title for dedicating his life to making lives of those around him better.
To name a few of his accomplishments, Shelafoe is an active member in the Marquette American Legion Post 44, he regularly volunteers at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans and was instrumental in beginning the sponsorship for the Marquette Junior Hockey travel team. He is especially proud of his work as a senior leader within the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Military Honor Guard and his work at the Marquette Branch Prison where he counseled veteran inmates.
During the ceremony, Shelafoe received a number of different awards from distinguished guests such as Representative Sara Cambensy, Karen Anderson, Representative Jack Bergman’s U.P. Representative, and Rodney Loonsfoot from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Military Honor Guard.
"This is an honor that I don't think anyone could ever say how they feel about it. I mean it's something unexpected and I’m just thrilled,” said Shelafoe.
This was the fourth year the Marquette County Veteran Alliance honored a Veteran of the Year.
The Marquette County Veterans Alliance also recognized Vincent Sinervo, an army veteran who suffered from a stroke earlier this year. Sinervo received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Bronze Start, and Good Conduct Medal and is honored to be recognized for his hard work and determination during his healing process.