WILLIAMSPORT - During World War I, Lewis Powell left high school in his junior year to join the Army.
On Thursday, veterans and dignitaries honored him as possibly Washington County's only living veteran of that war.
"You're a great American," state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, told Powell.
"I try to be at least average," Powell, 99, responded. "I didn't do anything that anyone else wouldn't have done."
To surprise him with the Veterans Day ceremony, Powell's friends told him they were taking him to the Eastern Shore.
Instead, they drove him to American Legion Post 202 in Williamsport.
Williamsport Mayor John Slayman declared Thursday "Lewis Powell Day" and about 100 guests at the ceremony gave Powell a standing ovation.
He received congratulatory gifts, including a proclamation from the Maryland Senate and a citation from Gov. Parris Glendening, which will join other service-related mementos in a corner of his living room.