The community came out on Saturday afternoon to wish retired U.S. Army Cpl. George Weber, a World War II veteran, a happy 100th birthday.
A crowd gathered in the Archbishop Ryan High School parking lot and followed a police escort to the grounds of United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, where George was admiring some classic cars.
George was surprised to see the large caravan driving up Calera Road. The contingent included the Mission BBQ truck, Liberty Bell Youth Organization cheerleaders and players and Boy Scout Troop 208. Thackray crane had a giant American flag.
City Councilman David Oh presented George with a citation. Municipal Court President Judge Pat Dugan presented him with an Army “Soldier for Life” pin and a Veterans Court “Leave No Veteran Behind” coin. Warriors’ Watch Riders gave him stars of an American flag, beads and a coin.
Others on hand included Centurions Motorcycle Club and the Three 6 Nine Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. The event was organized, in part, by classic car enthusiast Bob Dietrich and Mission BBQ community ambassador Shannon Sperduto.
Everyone sang Happy Birthday.
“I hope all you people can reach a hundred,” said George, an Academy Road resident whose big birthday was on Thursday. ••