My grandfather remembers the war, which he was a part of. He is proud of the fact that they won, and he is also nostalgic as he remembers those days. He is/feeling _____________.

  • Sentimental, perhaps.
    – Ricky
    Jan 6 '16 at 8:31
  • @Ricky - There goes my answer! :P I was just composing this as my answer and boom, arrives your comment! I request you to post this as an answer instead of a comment.
    – BiscuitBoy
    Jan 6 '16 at 8:44
  • @BiscuitBoy: It's your answer, so you post it. I don't mind.
    – Ricky
    Jan 6 '16 at 8:48
  • Sentimental is nice, but does it also indicate pride? Jan 6 '16 at 9:12

There is no single word that encapsulates both the emotions of nostalgia and pride. Perhaps your grandfather is feeling sentimental about the war he fought

(adj.) expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia


Or if you're looking for an idiom, consider

take pride in

to be proud of someone or something



My nostalgic grandfather took a great deal of pride in winning the war which he was part of.

  • If there's an other word or phrase which you can think of I'll be grateful :P Jan 6 '16 at 9:13

You can use reminiscence or memoirs maybe:

Reminiscence: the act or process of recalling past experiences, events, etc.

Memoirs: a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.

  • Welcome to EL&U. Please see how to write good answers which will make your contributions all the more worthier. In this case, memoirs happen to be written notes of the past, in most cases. Not an emotion.
    – BiscuitBoy
    Jan 6 '16 at 8:42
  • When answering a single word request please include a helpful explanation as to why a particular word is suitable. Remember: you are answer for people who don't already know the answer. Jan 6 '16 at 10:55

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