JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Struth turns 100 years old Tuesday, but the celebration got an early start during a Veterans Day ceremony held in Anchorage.

Struth served in World War II and the Korean War and is among the 77,000 veterans living in Alaska.

The Louisiana native moved here recently to be closer to family, and he was presented a distinguished honors silver coin from the Office of Veterans Affairs plus a State of Alaska Medal.

"It was just another job," Struth said of his service.

Verdie Bowen Sr., director of OVA, said Struth's service and that of others is of course more than just another job.

"It is very important for them to at least get a thank you for that service that they did," Bowen said. "Whether they served in combat or under peacetime they still served under that same umbrella that they would have to go lay their life down for someone that they didn't know."

During the ceremony, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell read a proclamation from Gov. Sean Parnell expressing gratitude and tribute for Alaskan veterans.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich laid wreaths during the ceremony.