WWII veteran receives special 102nd birthday honor

Ernie Micka

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Honor Flight Bluegrass found a way to salute a 102-year-old veteran while keeping social distancing measures in mind.

In semi-isolation but never alone, perched on a lawn chair and surrounded by life-sized candles, it was Ernie Micka’s community who strapped in their boots and fought to make his 102nd birthday special.

“This is so important. It’s a part of our history of the 16 million men and women who served in WWII [there are] only about 300,000 left,” Jeff Thoke, chairman of Honor Flight Bluegrass said.

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It was a simple reminder that even though we are apart, we’re always together.

“It was wonderful, I have neighbors friends and the community and the fire engines police cars going around here I just don't deserve it truly I don't know why they do that but I appreciate it and I think it was wonderful,” Ernie said.