WWII veteran honored with 101st birthday parade in Bangor

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – Although you gained’t discover it on any calendar, the second week of November is unofficially “Ed Hendrickson Week.”

Veterans Day on the eleventh is all the time a favourite for the World Struggle II dive bomber pilot initially from Brewer. Then, the 14th is his birthday.

This yr, Hendrickson had the assistance of some dozen buddies to have a good time turning 101. For the second-straight yr, Hendrickson was the visitor of honor at a drive-through birthday parade.

“Oh I assumed this was the best!” Hendrickson stated after his parade. “I’m simply glad they got here out. I’m so happy and I’m form of shocked right here. I knew one thing was going to occur however I didn’t know what.”

“I stated, ‘Oh, I’m not lacking this one,’” stated Marie Sekera, a household pal of Ed’s. “I had one million issues at the moment, however I stated, ‘That is crucial factor to do at the moment.’”

As soon as once more, Sgt Tony Campbell helped manage the parade.

“Not everyone makes it to at least one, not everyone makes it to 50, however while you make it to 100 after which 101, that’s particular,” stated Campbell, an Air Pressure ROTC teacher.

SPCO Pleasure Asuncion, a Navy veteran identical to Hendrickson, put a request for greeting playing cards.

“Nicely, I’ve recognized him for about three years now. I really met him at Finest Purchase in Bangor. We each had on our Navy hats so I went up and launched myself to him. Ever since then we’ve stayed related,” Asuncion defined. “He’s simply one in all my heroes. I look as much as the Best Technology.”

“My dad’s a veteran. It’s essential to recollect those that’ve served and we wished to say…” Sophie Winchester began.

“Thanks and glad birthday,” Keira Kavanagh completed. Each women attended the parade.

“I like the entire glad colours as a result of I’m a colour individual, as you may see by what I put on more often than not,” Hendrickson stated after the automobiles embellished with balloons and banners got here via.

Ed says that sunny disposition is what’s helped him attain 101 years younger.

“Simply don’t let something get you down. In the event you really feel unhappy, really feel sick or something, play slightly music. That’ll enable you to. You’ll recover from it,” Hendrickson stated.

From all of us at TV5, glad birthday Ed!

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