Neighbors Staged Birthday Parade for 100-Year-Old WWII Veteran Amid Social Distancing
Amid the coronavirus fears and social distancing rules solidly set up in New Jersey, friends and neighbors decided to throw World War II veteran Frank J. Uveges a parade.
As reported by NJ.com, a major gathering had been prepared for Uveges, who turned 100 on March 30. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines in their country, the party's canceled.
One of the Elmore Avenue residents, Susan Lombardo, said, "Who needs a party when you can have a parade?" She then called one of her neighbors and suggested a plan on how to celebrate Uveges' birthday.
"I called my neighbor Tina and said since the party's cancelled why don't we do something on the street?" Lombardo explained. "And then the VFW had the same idea."
She added that they didn't want the day passing by without the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal Veteran having something.
And a parade for the "great guy," who has lived in the same house on Elmore Avenue in Hamilton since 1952, happened. Uveges watched the special event for his big day from his front porch.
There was a stream of vehicles passing by with honking horns. A lot of people were hollering out their birthday wishes too.
Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, Bob Weighton has been officially confirmed as the oldest person.
Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, Bob Weighton has been officially confirmed as the oldest person living (male) at 112 Years and one day as of March 30, 2020, according to Guinness World Records.
A GWR adjudicator couldn't meet Weighton in person because of the current UK rules around social distancing.
Rather, the assisted living home where Weighton lives arranged for "Happy Birthday" to be sung to him on his balcony. They then presented him with his certificate.
Weighton is not the only one who has made history recently. As reported by PEOPLE, a 101-year-old Italian man, just distinguished as Mr. P, has made history by surviving COVID-19.
101-Year-Old Italian Man Born During Spanish Flu Pandemic Survives Coronavirus, Official Says https://t.co/Bqiyytpq7F— People (@people) March 30, 2020
The city's Vice Mayor, Gloria Lisi, said that Mr. P was initially hospitalized a week ago subsequent to testing positive for the deadly virus. In spite of his age, Mr. P proved to be the best.
This isn't the first pandemic that he has survived in his lifetime. Mr. P, who was born in 1919, also survived the Spanish Flu pandemic, Lisi said.
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