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Las Vegas veteran celebrates 104th birthday with parade

'Hope to do it again next year'
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Posted at 7:33 AM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 10:54:55-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — There are several different milestones we celebrate in life. The first day of school, turning 16, 21, and the big 30. But how do you celebrate more than a century’s worth of life?

A birthday parade of course!

“With Vince, the glass is half full. He’s an optimist,” said Charles Green, Vincent Shank's nutritionist.

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“He’s a best friend to everybody. He has the best attitude,” said Vince’s daughter, Nancy Shank. “He never complains about anything.”

A birthday parade took place at The Echelon, a senior living center, to celebrate Vincent Shank's 104th birthday.

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The parking lot was filled with balloons, posters, party blowers, musicians as dozens of cars lined up for a car parade to celebrate.

Vincent Shank is a WWII veteran. He was a bombardier in the Army Air Corps.

During the war, his aircraft was shot down over Sicily and was later captured and held as a prisoner of war for nearly two years.

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“The thing that sticks out to me the most is he was liberated from his camp by Gen. Patton himself and he stood about 10 feet away from him,” said Nancy Shank. “So my dad to be that close to him really stuck with him.”

With another trip around the sun under his belt, Vincent says, he just wants to enjoy this moment for all its work.

He says he is grateful for his friends, family, and the community, for making his birthday unforgettable.

“Wonderful party, wonderful party,” Vincent said. “Hope to do it again next year.”

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