SPRING, Texas – World War II veteran William “Bill” Fly lost everything in Hurricane Harvey.
After the disaster, volunteers made it their mission to rebuild the vet’s home in time for his 100th birthday.
Not only was Fly’s home ready a few days early, new friends threw him a party to celebrate the milestone at the Cypress Creek Education Center in Spring on Sunday.
The event was also an opportunity to thank first responders who put their lives on the line during Harvey.
“I can’t believe it still, even though I’ve seen it,” said Fly.
Fly was presented a letter written by Vice President Mike Pence.
“While I understand these last few months have been difficult with the loss of your home to Hurricane Harvey and the loss of your beloved wife, be assured that President Trump, my family, and all the American people are with you to stand with you, to salute you, and honor you for your service,” wrote Pence.
The veteran also received a flag, which was flown over the World War II Monument in Washington, D.C.
Born out of one of the worst moments of his life, the 100-year-old says his birthday party will be remembered as one of his best.
“I already have everything I need. This has been one of the greatest days of my life,” said Fly.
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