Family of 98-year-old WWII veteran holds a surprise ‘guard of honor’ for his birthday

December 23, 2018 Updated: December 23, 2018

When you are almost a century old, life can sometimes be a bit tough. For this WWII vet in Indiana, kind hearts and elbow grease just made his life that bit easier.

Christopher Conlee was proud of his grandad, who at 98 years of age was finding it rather difficult to access his home, as he now mostly had to use a wheelchair.

Christopher Sean Conlee 发布于 2018年4月7日周六

So, Christopher and his family put out an SOS to the local community, and within a week an army of veterans turned up at grandpa’s house to remedy the problem.

They built a ramp for his wheelchair for his 98th birthday in mid-September, and soon it was ready for inspection by Grandpa.

Yep, the team had many hands making for light work, in fact, they even had one of Mr Conlee's sons directing traffic!

SAW's Ramps of St. Joseph County Indiana 发布于 2018年9月9日周日

“Grandpa is one of the last remaining WWII vets in our area,” Christopher told InspireMore.

“He was just recently put in a wheelchair he has skin cancer and is currently on hospice,” Christopher wrote on Reddit. “He can still walk some with help but the ramp and wheelchair make things much easier.”

Just a few more railing sections to be added and then, another client served.

SAW's Ramps of St. Joseph County Indiana 发布于 2018年9月9日周日

The group then held a guard of honor befitting the grand old man to allow him to try out the new ramp and inspect it.

Christopher’s son, an Eagle Scout, also donned his uniform to join in the proceedings.

Presentation of Colors by Miller's Vets, saluting Mr Conlee for his war time service.

SAW's Ramps of St. Joseph County Indiana 发布于 2018年9月9日周日

Even though he is not well, Grandpa is sure to be feeling loved and cared for.

Showing respect to our elders, especially those who went to war to help keep us safe, is something we should all aspire to.

Watch the video below:

We are still hoping to receive the missing video from #ABC57, but for now, please enjoy this short clip taken by Brandon Kitkowski as Mr Conlee took his first roll down the ramp and met by the Miller’s Vets Color Guard in salute of his service to our Country.God Bless America 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸#911NeverForget

SAW's Ramps of St. Joseph County Indiana 发布于 2018年9月11日周二

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