Memorial Day: Florida veteran gets surprise parade for 90th birthday

Memorial Day: Florida veteran gets surprise parade for 90th birthday
President Donald Trump and other military personnel participated in a solemn Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery; meanwhile, a veteran in Florida received a happy surprise -- a parade to salute his 90th birthday. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

NAPLES, Fla. — On a day when Americans honor veterans, a Florida man got a double treat -- a parade to honor his military service and his 90th birthday, which fell on Memorial Day this year.

Vincent Delmore, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was expecting a quiet birthday since most of his family lives in his native Connecticut, the Naples Daily News reported.

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Family and friends had different ideas, organizing a parade of patrol cars and friends through his neighborhood. Family members showed up, too.

“It was a complete surprise,” Delmore told the Daily News in a telephone call. “I don’t know how many (patrol) cars there were with lights on.”

Family members living in Tampa and Orlando made the drive to southwest Florida to visit.

It was exciting for the 90-year-old man, who joked about his age to the Daily News.

“Make sure not to put my picture in the obituary section,” he told the newspaper.