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World War II veteran celebrates 100th birthday with parade

Posted at 6:32 PM, Aug 29, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado Springs World War II veteran celebrated her 100th birthday with a social distanced parade Saturday.

Eleanor Burcky was a nurse who was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during the war. She attended to the wounded men and women.

"She graduated from nursing school in Saint Louis and right after graduating from nursing school, she joined the army and was deployed up to Alaska to work in the 797th Hospital," said Patrick Burcky.

Her son says it was important to celebrate this milestone as well as the other veterans who didn't make it back home.

"It's something we celebrate with all of the veterans and all of the veterans that weren't able to live as long as my mother. So this is a celebration of everyone she worked with, teamed with and so forth," said Patrick.

More than 100 members of the veteran community along with the Colorado Springs police and fire department participated in the parade. The 4th Infantry Division Band played some tunes during the parade.

At the end, Eleanor was presented with a handmade quilt and hundreds of birthday cards.