LAKEWOOD (CBSLA) — A World War II veteran marked his 105th birthday with well-wishes from all over the country.
Lt. Col. Sam Sachs had his birthday party canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic but after posting a video to YouTube asking for cards instead, he still got to celebrate in a big way.READ MORE: Police Searching For Suspect Who Set Homeless Man On Fire As He Slept In Santa Monica's Ozone Park
Sachs has received at least 6,200 cards and even got a letter from President Donald Trump.
People stopped by his Lakewood home in their cars on Sunday for a nearly one-hour long parade planned by Sachs’ senior living facility Mom and Dad’s House to help ring in his 105th year.
There was also a fire truck, military vehicles and an overhead appearance from a Los Angeles County sheriff’s helicopter.READ MORE: Attorney: Police Confirm Brian Laundrie's Remains Were Found In Florida Nature Reserve
“It’s a marvelous feeling, yes, really,” Sachs said. “The emotions are running so high. It just doesn’t get any better than this. It’s just unbelievable. This is a dream.”
Sachs served in the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division and was later part of efforts to liberate a concentration camp in Germany.
On top of the celebrations in Lakewood, the mayor of his birth city of Grand Forks, North Dakota also proclaimed the day in his honor.
He is also expected to receive proclamations from Lakewood Mayor Todd Rogers and other Southern California politicians.MORE NEWS: Authorities Seek Help Finding Missing Person, Ajah Deanne Yancey, In Norwalk
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