THE VETERAN

Thelma Williams will be 100 years old 0n September 16, 2018.  She is a veteran of World War II.  For decades she has faithfully marched in the historic Doylestown Memorial Day parade (celebrating it's 150th year this May.)  This year, however, will be her last.  One day after the parade, she'll be getting on a plane and moving to Houston, TX where her son and his family reside.  She is an active participant in the local Silver Sneakers program as well as a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Doylestown.  She says of approaching 100 years of age:  "I never dreamed I'd live this long or that I'd still be having so much fun doing it!

Thelma participated in her second Honor Flight celebration and ceremonies in Washington, D.C.  in 2017.  She was selected to place the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  She speaks with awe and reverence of being given such an honor, and felt humbled and grateful to have been selected for this service.  "In my wildest dreams, I never expected to have such a rare opportunity and privilege."

The full essay about Thelma is available in Over the Hill and Gaining Speed.

Bon voyage, dear Thelma.  Knowing you has been a rare opportunity and privilege.  You will be missed!

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