Cars Line Up To Celebrate WWII Veteran's 101st Birthday With A Social Distancing Salute

April 15, 2020

A World War II veteran was surprised with a social distancing parade to celebrate his 101st birthday.

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Alan Cameron | Credit: Peter Carr/The Journal News

Alan Cameron turned 101 on Sunday in Pearl River, NY.

On Monday, vehicles paraded by to wish Cameron well.

"He and all of us were surprised," his daughter, Debbie, said. "We thought, 'Where are all of these cars coming from?'"

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Credit: Peter Carr / The Journal News

The local police department helped to organize the procession.

Participants included the Pearl River Fire Department and neighbors.

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Credit: Peter Carr / The Journal News

Cameron served in France, his daughter said, then he headed to Germany after the war to help investigate war crimes. He remained in the Army Reserves for years after, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

"He's amazing," said Michael Finer, his neighbor for about 40 years. "They're a different generation. He is an unbelievable gentleman."

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