Senator Mike Crapo was in Pocatello Thursday visiting the Idaho State Veterans Home.
He presented an award for outstanding service to a local vet and acknowledged the work done by the Veterans Home.
Crapo has been giving out the Spirit of Freedom Award since 2002. It celebrates Idaho veterans for their service.
"Every year we give out these awards, we find new experiences, new people," Crapo says.
This year's award went to Quentin Murdock a 95-year-old WWII and one of the first soldiers to land on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
"It means an awful lot to me because there are probably so many other people who probably should have it instead of me," Murdock says.
Senator Crapo says the lessons he learns from veterans on days like Thursday shape his policymaking back in Washington.
"Freedom really is the center of the issue,” Crapo says. “Whether it's serving and recognizing and helping our veterans or whether it's the legislation on the floor of The House or The Senate in Washington D.C., the question is how do we preserve and protect that great freedom."
Murdock says receiving the award gives him faith.
"I feel that if we do what we can and do what it right, we will prevail somehow," he says.
Senator Crapo also presented the Veterans Home with an American Flag previously flown outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and awarded another local WWII veteran, Dan Scarborough, with an outstanding resident award.