BELFAST — A World War II vet has turned 98. Just after his time serving in the war he moved to Belfast. On Saturday the town gave him a big celebration.
Bert Skinner is a recipient of the Bronze Star from WWII said he doesn’t think big of himself.
“No, I was never anything and I still ain’t but that’s all there is to it,” said Skinner.
Honor Flight Maine made Skinner a parade for his birthday with Belfast Fire Department, Police, a motorcycle group, and more.
Skinners’ family made it a surprise.
“As an organization, we are nonprofit and we take our veterans down to Washington, D.C. free to see the national memorials. Bert and his brother-in-law actually went down with us a few years ago to see the memorials and it was just amazing,” said Joy Asuncion, who works on the board for Honor Flight Maine.
“This one has floored me I don’t know how to behave. Can’t you imagine a 20-year-old boy, people shooting at me and me shooting back? Could I imagine when I was doin’ that, that this was going to happen to me? No. No. Never,” said Skinner referring to the parade.
Skinner’s extended family and friends were at his house but unfortunately, Skinner said his wife died some years ago.
He thanked the Lord for the day and his life.