A town in upstate N.Y. pulled all the stops to honor one of its last remaining WWII Vets on his 102nd birthday.
On New Year’s Eve, the residents of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y, gathered in the streets to watch cars, firetrucks, and ambulance vehicles parade through their chilly downtown streets to celebrate Stanley Tauber’s birthday.
The WWII vet served in the Army Air Corps from 1942-1945, where he was a staff sergeant for the 500th Bomb Squadron in New Guinea, South Pacific. But Tauber wasn’t drafted into the war. Instead, he volunteered to serve after hearing the news of Pearl Harbor.
Hastings-on-Hudson’s American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion helped drive the celebration. And they got help from local EMS workers who volunteered to flash their lights and sound their sirens during the tribute.
During an interview with Fox News, Stanley said that he felt “blessed” and “grateful” to have so many friends and neighbors who wished to celebrate both his birthday and service to the country.
This was the Second Year That the N.Y. Town Held a Parade for Its WWII Vet
In past years, the town has thrown giant, in-person birthday bashes for Tauber. But with the rise of Omicron, the residents decided they shouldn’t gather indoors. However, they weren’t willing to skip their war hero’s big day, so they got creative.
Bryan Healy organized the special parade for Tauber. And this year was the second time he did.
“As commander of our local Sons of the American Legion squadron, I was very happy to honor Mr. Tauber’s service to our community and country by organizing the birthday drive-by on Dec. 31, 2021. This was the second year we have done so,” he told Fox News Digital, “since we haven’t been able to have a more traditional celebration due to the pandemic.”
“Our village has only a few World War II veterans left,” Healy added.”And the Sons of the Legion stand ready to continue their legacy of service and patriotism.”
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 16 million Americans served in World War II. And of those vets, only around 240,000 are alive today.
Tauber has lived in the lower Hudson Valley town for over 70 years, where he’s been a “devoted husband and father” to his late wife, Virginia, and children, Carol and David.
Carol was by her father’s side cheering as the parade made its way through the streets.
“My father was very honored to serve his country,” she shared. “To this day he feels blessed and thankful for all that we have here in America.”