On New Year’s Eve, a rare but joyful sight greeted motorists, firetrucks, and ambulances as they made their way through the snowy streets of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, to wish World War II veteran Stanley Tauber, 102, a very happy birthday.
The American Legion town and neighboring ones participated in a drive-by to celebrate the legend’s birthday.
As a tribute to Stanley Tauber, volunteer firemen and paramedics from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, turned on their lights and sirens throughout the march.
Stanley added he felt “blessed” and “grateful” for all the attention from his neighbors, friends, and other village locals.
If Stanley’s friends and neighbors had a chance, they would have celebrated him at a traditional, in-person birthday party. The omicron variety has recently spread; so people just developed another way to memorialize the soldier.
Bryan Healy, a Tauber local, organized this year’s and previous year’s birthday parades.
Bryan told Fox News, “as commander of our local Sons of the American Legion squadron, I was very happy to honor Mr. Tauber’s service to our community and country by organizing the birthday drive-by on December 31, 2021. This was the second year we have done so.”
Bryan went on to say, “we haven’t been able to have a more traditional celebration due to the pandemic. Our village has only a few World War II veterans left, and the Sons of the Legion stand ready to continue their legacy of service and patriotism.”
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 240,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive today.
Stanley’s daughter Carol DeAngelis spoke to Fox News about her father’s happiness and her family’s gratitude for the town’s nice gesture on his birthday. Her father was “overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the community,” Carol added.
Carol also expressed her father’s worry that more guests, including his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Lorrie, could not attend due to COVID.
Her father served in World War II, and Carol reminisced, “my father was very honored to serve his country. To this day, he feels blessed and thankful for all that we have here in America.”
From 1942 through 1945, Stanley served in the Air Corps. In New Guinea, South Pacific, he served as a staff sergeant in the 500th Bomb Squadron.
Former VFW Post 200 commander and longtime resident of Yonkers, New York, Stanley joined the unit in 1959 and served in various leadership roles until he was elected quartermaster in 2000.
Stanley and his late wife, Virginia, raised their two children, Carol and David, in the Hudson Valley for more than 70 years.
In addition to his five grandkids, Stanley is also a loving grandfather to two great-granddaughters.
As a tool and die manufacturer for more than 35 years, his family states that he was a “devoted husband and father.”
Stanley still recalls the December 7, 1941, attack of Pearl Harbor.
“I was just devastated. I couldn’t get over that anybody would bomb our country,” Stanley said in an interview for a “Veterans Living History” documentary a few years ago in Greenburgh, New York.
He was not required to serve in the military, but he stepped up and offered to help save America.
A few months after joining the Army, Stanley completed basic training in Atlantic City before transferring to the Air Force, according to his experience. After that, he proceeded to Denver, Colorado, for a course in weapons.
In March 1943, Stanley left California for Australia, where he arrived in Port Moresby, New Guinea, in the South Pacific. To defend the United States, he trained to do whatever was needed. Stanley couldn’t imagine if any other country gained control of the nation.
In honor of Stanley Tauber’s 100th birthday in 2019, Stanley’s hometown designated December 31 as Stanley Tauber Day.
Members of the American Legion Auxiliary who gathered to celebrate Stanley’s 102nd birthday remarked, “It was great. It was the right thing to do,” adding “we were glad to be there for him.”