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99-Year-Old World War II Veteran Surprised with Birthday Parade

By THOMAS MARRA , Correspondent | April 15, 2020 | NEW YORK

Story No. 052320105

A local WWII veteran received a parade in front of his Colonie home for his 99th birthday on Wednesday, April 15.

Dave Zimmerman of Robert's Towing organized the parade for his father, Edward Zimmerman, who turned 99 years old.

Dave says the couple has been married since 1946 and they moved to Colonie from Albany in 1957 when the Northway and Wolf Road didn't exist and when Central Avenue was just a dirt road.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, the family had to have a different way to celebrate the birthday with him.

A parade was led down the road past his Sharon Drive home in Colonie by the Colonie Fire Department, Albany County Sheriff's Departments, and a fleet of 13 trucks from Robert's Towing.

Edward sat on his front doorstep with his wife Dorothy as they watched the parade go by.

He was brought to tears as soon as he heard the sirens and saw the vehicles coming down the road as his family members waved to him from the vehicles.

"Dorothy's reaction was overwhelmed and speechless," said Dave's wife, Suzanne. "We all say 'LOL' to speechless because Dorothy never stops talking."

After the parade everyone parked the trucks and sang Happy Birthday from the front lawn of his home.

He was overwhelmed with emotion by this surprise birthday parade for his 99th birthday.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.