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Cleveland VA seeking help to celebrate WWII veteran's 98th birthday while socially distanced

Posted at 9:19 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 21:19:37-04

CLEVELAND — The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is hosting a surprise socially-distanced birthday party for a WWII veteran Tuesday and needs guests to help him celebrate.

U.S. Army WWII veteran Clifton Smith turns 98 years old Tuesday. After serving in the Army, Smith became a truck driver and had three children and now has six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Smith is in hospice care at the VA and the medical center wants to make sure his birthday is extra special so they are organizing a birthday parade for any and all who want to wish the veteran a happy birthday.

Those wanting to participate can drive by the VA’s CARES Tower on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The medical center said motorists should head west on East Boulevard from 108th Street toward Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Guests are required to remain in their vehicles during the parade.

After the parade, Smith will be surprised with a birthday cake and a socially distanced visit from his family.

CARES Tower is located at East 105 Street and East Boulevard.