VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (WETM) – Locals joined together to celebrate the centennial birthday of Robert Stein.
Robert, a WWII veteran, turned 100 today and celebrated his birthday at Benfield Square in the Town of Van Etten.
Tons of people lined the streets to show their appreciation for their local hero, with a drive-by parade featuring police, fire trucks, a full line of classic, remarkable vehicles to horseback riders.
The community honored the hero, with saluting and a send-off from the Ithaca Civil Air Patrol.
During the ceremony before the parade, Stein received a proclamation from New York State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano on he and Senator Tom O’Mara’s behalf.
It’s about community, family, and for an individual who served our country during World War II, his story is history. Being his 100th birthday and being here to tell and share those stories with the young people is great.Phil Palmesano, New York State Assemblyman (R)