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San Tan Valley celebrates WWII Veteran's 100th birthday with a parade


Brigid Becker, like most daughters, loves her father.  Her father, Sylvester, has lived a long life.  Having served in WWII in the Army/Air Force, this year was an extra special year.  Sylvester was turning 100 years old and Brigid was determined to create something special for him.  She reached out to SanTanValley.com and our local San Tan Valley social media groups asking if anyone would be interested in driving by the house with a honk to wish Sylvester a happy birthday. Boy did San Tan Valley deliver!  Not only did the rain not slow down this parade, it brought the most beautiful rainbow to celebrate as well!

Before the parade kicked off, Brigid shared this special message with her father:

Sylvester and his daughter Brigid celebrating his 100th birthday on December 29, 2021.

Here is to the greatest man I've ever known. Dad you are such an inspiration to me and everyone who knows you. You are kind, loving, gentle and truly care for everyone. You've loved me unconditionally all my life, you've never passed judgement on anyone and you have always believed in me when others haven't. That means more to me then you will ever know. You have instilled in me the most important life lesson of "actions speak louder than words". Noone ever in my life has made me feel and showed me they loved me as much as you have and I will continue to live by your example the best way I can. I want and need you to know what an amazing impact you have had on my life and what a true example of being a good man that you are. You continue to this day to put everyone ahead of your own needs. You truly are the most amazing person, man, father, family, friend, etc. I love you more then you can possibly imagine and I thank God everyday for you and everything you have done for me and continue to do every day. I truly hope you have the best birthday ever.

Dad, we love you and can't believe we are celebrating 100 years of your life. I can only imagine the things you have seen and done in your century of being here. Hope you have the best day, you deserve it all and more. Happy birthday to you and here's to more happy memories to come.

Your daughter, Brigid

"It's not everyday one of your community members turns 100 years old" said Sheriff Mark Lamb.  "We wanted to show Sylvester, a World War II Veteran, our appreciation. Thank you to my Patrol Posse for riding with me on this mission. Happy 100th Birthday Sylvester!"

Brigid is so grateful to our "absolutely amazing community" and wants to extend her deepest heartfelt thanks to everyone. "Thank you to each and everyone of you that came out yesterday to help my dad celebrate his big day. It was all a surprise to him and I have never seen him so happy. Thank you so much for all the cards, gifts, balloons, signs, the homemade cards from the kids and all the sweets," said Brigid.  "Words can not describe how grateful I am to each and every one of you."  

Not only did the community show up to celebrate, Sylvester even received some cards in the mail from people that were out of town but still wanted to wish him a happy birthday.  

Brigid is also sending a special thank you to the American Legion for the beautiful sign they provided for the front yard and their motorcycle drive-by saluting Sylvester for his service in WWII.

"I've always said it before and I will continue to say it," said Bridgid. "I love this community!"

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