SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) — He is one of the last surviving combat veterans of World War II.
This weekend, Bernie Hoffman turned 95 years old. He was given a COVID celebration — military style.READ MORE: New Trial Begins For 83-Year-Old Ohio Man Who Spent 45 Years In Prison
Hoffman is a member of the greatest generation and a decorated World War II combat veteran.
And at 95, Hoffman is having a hard time understanding a birthday with coronavirus restrictions.READ MORE: Congressman Glenn Thompson Released From Walter Reed Hospital After Receiving Treatment For COVID-19
“Everybody’s wearing a mask. How are you gonna recognize me without my mask?” Hoffman said.
Mask or not, Hoffman had a birthday fitting for a Marine who saw action in Guam, the Marshall Islands and Okinawa — where he earned a Purple Heart.
This weekend, he was saluted with a parade. The parade featured a color guard and some grand old memories.
He is truly one of the few, the proud. But he finds it hard to accept the honor. It seemed like the parade would never end, with cars continuing to keep coming.MORE NEWS: Deer Tests Positive For Chronic Wasting Disease In Jefferson County
For Hoffman, a tribute like this was a long time coming — 95 years to be exact.