GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Anthony McDaniel says he is a happy man, and it's all because of his hometown. On Saturday, the City of Gautier honored the young Marine for his service and sacrifice to this country.
Hundreds of people, some even dressed in patriotic colors, gathered at Bacot Park for the event. The 26-year-old lost both legs and a hand during a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Citizens and city officials say McDaniel's injuries have not stopped him from participating in several athletic competitions. They say McDaniel is always striving to be a role model for young people, especially in his hometown.
"For everybody to welcome me as your hometown hero, everybody is a hero in they own way. You never know what you are doing for somebody's life, because you are not even paying attention. You are going about your regular day, but somebody is looking at you and emulating you, and you are somebody's role model," said McDaniel.
McDaniel currently lives in California, but says he plans to move to Florida to be closer to his hometown and family.