St. John Administrator Shikima Jones-Sprauve, Director of Veterans’ Affairs Patrick Farrell and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach with the plaque they presented to retired Staff Sgt. Elvis Lewis, right, and his wife, Shenelle Donovan-Lewis, far right, on Sunday at the St. John Veterans Day ceremony.

It took some convincing to get retired Staff Sgt. Elvis Lewis on stage at Sunday’s Veterans Day program.

This year’s event wasn’t the first time Director of Veteran’s Affairs Patrick Farrell had asked Lewis to accept the honor of recognition for his service with the U.S. Army and the V.I. National Guard. On Farrell’s second try, Lewis finally relented. Farrell was Lewis’ first sergeant when Lewis went to Iraq for the second time in 2005.