Although Alan Cameron, a World War II veteran, had to celebrate his 101st birthday in the times of social distancing, he was not alone for the event. After his birthday passed on Sunday, the next Monday, dozens of vehicles paraded by his home to salute Cameron and wish him well. He, his daughter, and the rest of the family were surprised to see so many cars, and at first, had no idea what was going on.
The Police Helped Organize the Procession for the Veteran
The Pearl River Fire Department, the police, and the neighbors all participated to organize the event and honor the veteran. Cameron served in France and when the war was over, he headed to Germany. There, he helped investigate war crimes, and after retiring as a lieutenant colonel, he remained in the Army Reserves.
Later on, Cameron worked in marketing in New York City, promoting brands that no longer exist. Then, he became a real estate agent, worked for several municipalities, and retired in the 1980s. His neighbors consider him an amazing person and an unbelievable gentleman who talks little about his participation in the war.
Alan Cameron Met His Bride-To-Be on a Dance Night
Originally from California, Cameron was stationed at Camp Shanks in New York, where he waited to be shipped out. There, he met Jane Bocket at a dance event and had the chance to communicate with her for around a week. They continued to communicate by mail while Cameron was in Europe, and he vowed to come back and marry Jane after the war, which is exactly what happened.
Although Jane died in 2009, Alan Cameron still lives on Bocket Road, named after her family. He has had health challenges over the years, but his relatives say he’s now doing very well. The old veteran who remains active and alert, was there to appreciate his neighbors’ birthday greetings and the special procession.