WWII veteran receives ultimate birthday surprise from Young Marines - Fox News Channel
A World War II veteran was left speechless on his 93rd birthday after a platoon of young marines and young marine recruits paraded by his Florida home and showered him with gifts.
Peter V. Ruvolo's neighbors in Lake Worth were in tears Wednesday while they watched the Young Marines of the Palm Beaches thank him for his years of service, Ruvolo's daughter, JoAnn Ruvolo Pedalino, told Fox News.
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"Those young marines came down the block, and my father stood up and saluted them and would not sit down until that flag passed…it was just unbelievable," she said, adding that her dad "could barely find the words" to express how much the day meant to him.
Not only did the youth members of the Young Marines thank him for his service, but they also thanked him for pioneering the Young Marines of the Palm Beaches back in the '90s.
Ruvolo was credited with starting the Palm Beaches unit where he served as support staff "in the formative years when the unit was just getting off the ground," Foye Belyea, who serves as the unit commander for the Young Marines of the Palm Beaches, told Fox News.
The day represented a "celebration of the sacrifices of our military" and the promise of our nation's future leaders, he said.
After the parade, the Young Marines sat down with Ruvolo to learn about his experiences and the value of education, according to Belyea.
"And he really feels like his legacy is going to continue because of the Young Marines," Ruvolo Pedalino said. "It was unbelievable the emotion that he felt for those young kids." Read More >>
By Daniella Genovese
July 17, 2021 on Fox News Channel