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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Several Memorial Day celebrations took place across eastern Iowa Monday, remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. For one veteran, it was an extra special day.

Marcia Courbat says, at 93, she's the oldest World War II woman army veteran in Waterloo. 

Courbat was in the army and worked in the medical area. She was only 21 years old at the time she joined.

"I had a good job. I was a welder -- but I'll tell you, them old guys wanted to hit on you and I wasn't interested," said Courbat. 

She stayed in the United States during World War II, while working in different hospitals.

Now at 93 years old, she isn't slowing down. For years, she has organized commemorative bricks at Veterans Memorial Hall for service men and women.

She's taking care of veterans today, just like she did in the service.

"It was the way the people were," said Courbat. "People were so thankful for everything. When you took care of somebody, they thanked you."

Monday's Memorial Day ceremony also included the 100th anniversary of Veterans Memorial Hall in Waterloo, as well as the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

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