Birthdays are a wonderful occasion for everyone, but reaching the century mark is truly cause for celebration.
Due of the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s 103rd birthday celebration for WWII veteran George McInally was celebrated only modestly.
The result was that this year, his family made sure he made up for it by taking a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he could indulge in what he enjoys doing most of all: playing golf.
Wearing t-shirts with “104” printed on them, his family accompanied him in celebrating the momentous occasion. The next week, George will go back to his Clearwater residence.
The native of Michigan served in the Pacific and piloted aircraft for the US Army Air Forces.
On his 103rd birthday last year, George told Fox News: “I signed in the Air Force in April of 1941. I went to school at New York University Guggenheim School of Aeronautics. I went through pilot training and spent a total of five years in the Air Force. It was a tremendous experience but I don’t recommend it…War for experience.”
The brave warrior was also once tasked with flying over enemy territory. One of his many wonderful moments in life, along with attending school in New York, was flying into Tokyo after the war was finished.
He shared: “One of my best experiences was going to school in Newark, New York City. Subways were a nickel. The ferry to Staten Island was the nickel.”
George, who had three children and spent 70 years with his wife Hazel, attributes his longevity to dancing, having fun, and scotch consumption. Young folks should keep active and pursue education, are his sensible words.
George turns 50 today, and I hope he enjoys his special day playing golf with family. Share this story to help us wish him a very happy birthday.
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