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The folks in Chester, Illinois are a patriotic bunch and when they found out a local World War II hero was celebrating his 100th birthday, they decided to throw a big parade.
VFW Post 3553 organized a drive-by “Honk Parade” for Robert Mueller to commemorate reaching the century mark. And it was a grand affair.
The local fire department and police department led a massive caravan of flag-waving well-wishers past Mr. Mueller’s home.
“I’m speechless,” Mr. Mueller told That was Robert Mueller’s immediate reaction after dozens of people in Chester paraded past his home.
Mr. Mueller is an Army veteran who served with the 88th Division, 313 Engineers in 1944 and 1945. He’s been an active member of the VFW post for 70 years.
Robert and his little brother Ray, who happens to be 95-years-old, are active in the community. They run bingo night at the VFW hall and help transport senior citizens to church on Sunday.
“The VFW had a bingo last night and they all got up and sang happy birthday to me,” Mr. Mueller told television station KFVS.
As for the secret to a long and healthy life?
“I think I was blessed from above. Stay active and keep going,” Mr. Mueller told the television station. “There were times when things didn’t go very good, and I wait a little while, and a door opened up and something come up better than it was before.”
He also eats a banana — every day.