(RepublicanInformer.com)- Edward Vincek, a World War Two veteran from Chesapeake, Virginia, enjoyed a car parade on Saturday in honor of his 96th birthday.
Vincek, who is best known by his friends as Eddie, was originally a farmer but later worked in the Marines. He became a corporal and served in the Second World War, and now in his old age, he reportedly remains active by working on community projects at the South Norfolk Ruritan Club.
Vincek’s celebrations weren’t normal this year. The COVID-19 lockdown restrictions meant he couldn’t enjoy a normal party, so local people came together to give him a car parade. People played instruments and celebrated with him in the street, as people drove past waving balloons and shouting “happy birthday!”
We chartered in 1956 and we had 71 members chartered, and I’m the only one still living,” he said about his Ruritan Club.
First Responders also attended the car park thanking him for the work he does for his community.
Chesapeake’s Fire Department Battalion Chief Lawrence Matthews told the press how much he is appreciated in the local community.
“It’s a great thing,” he said. “He’s a great American and we certainly appreciate him and all the sacrifices he and his family made throughout the years, and to celebrate and to preserve freedom as Americans.”
Vincek expressed his thanks for the support of all his friends and local people, saying, “I sure appreciate it. I love everybody. Everybody’s been good to me.”
In July of 2020, Vincek remembered the Battle of Iwo Joma and talked to the press about his time spent fighting in WWII. The battle was one of the bloodiest in the Pacific during the war, with over 6,000 American troops never making it home. Some 20,000 others were wounded during the battle.
“I couldn’t believe it,” VIncek said earlier this year. “It felt like I was one of the few walking out under my own power.”