World War II veteran got a special 96th birthday surprise.
Locals in Cincinnati came together and gave a WWII veteran a birthday surprise the 96-year-old didn't see coming. Command Sgt. Major Henry Armstrong celebrated his big day on November 7, 2020.
"It was definitely a surprise. My family knew about it, everybody knew about it but me," Armstrong said.
It turns out that local first responders and neighbors had organized a parade in his honor. They wanted to wish him well as he entered his 97th year while thanking him for his service at the same time. "You don't realize how many friends you have until something like this happens, and my wife has been very ill and we find out we got more friends than we thought we had."
"You don't realize how many friends you have until something like this happens, and my wife has been very ill and we find out we got more friends than we thought we had."— WLWT (@WLWT) November 8, 2020
A local World War II veteran got a special 96th birthday surprise yesterday. https://t.co/wvo07U4JUQ pic.twitter.com/zmYZ9g6bJc
Command Sgt. Major Henry Armstrong served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1984, according to WESH. “He served in the European Theater during WWII and says his greatest memory is helping to liberate Gunskirchen Lager, a concentration camp in Austria,” the report stated, adding that he has met three of the people he helped liberate.
In the video, you can see an overjoyed Veteran approached by young people who are riding in a truck. The children are holding signs, blowing kisses, and yelling well wishes and birthday greetings.
His family told KTVZ that Armstrong continues to serve in his community and speak about his service.