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WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 23:33:36-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Family and friends of a World War II veteran gathered on Saturday in Lexington to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Coy New Turns 100 on August 30. He's a proud Kentuckian and American who still remembers when he left home in the 1940s to serve his country.

New says just like in the 1940s, Americans are facing a new and unknown challenge with the pandemic. But he believes we are strong enough to fight COVID19.

"We can get through this virus, and we've been through things like this before. And we will get through this one. It will pass and we will come back, and always have come back stronger and better from each epidemic," said New.

To celebrate New's centennial year, his family arranged a safe drive-thru parade. Members of the Lexington Fire and Police Departments both attended, as well as Congressman Andy Barr.

Barr presented New with an American Flag the flew over the U.S. Capitol and a congressional resolution honoring him for his service.

"I expected a surprise or two but that is sort of a shock to have people like that show-up... warms my heart," said New.