EAST MEADOW - A World War II veteran from Nassau was on hand Wednesday to watch the unveiling of a monument in Eisenhower Park dedicated to those who served in the Battle of the Bulge.

Army Cpl. David Marshall was on the front lines of that battle where the United States suffered the most casualties. Nearly 48,000 were wounded and 19,000 were killed during the German offensive.

"I said 'My God, we fought the worst, fiercest battle of the war, and there's nothing to commemorate them,'" says Marshall.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano says the monument will remind generations of the price veterans paid.

While Marshall's legacy is now set in stone, he continues to inspire current soldiers like Army Sgt. 1st Class Patrick D'Ambrosio, of Baldwin.

"The circumstances that he fought through with weather and no heat and limited food and no ammunition … it's amazing that he's still here to tell the story," says D'Ambrosio.