Anyone’s birthday is a special time, but when you reach or pass 100, it really is something to celebrate.
Last year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, George McInally’s 103rd birthday party was not very big.
So, his family made sure he made up for it this year by taking him to Grand Rapids, Michigan, so he could do what he loves most: play golf.
George’s 100th birthday was the last time he played golf, but this year he wanted to hit the links and ride along the course.
His family came to help him celebrate, and they all wore T-shirts that said “104” on them. George will go back to his home in Clearwater the following week.
The man from Michigan was sent to the Pacific to work for the US Army Air Forces. He flew planes.
“In April of 1941, I joined the Air Force. I went to school at the Guggenheim School of Aeronautics at New York University. I learned how to be a pilot and served in the Air Force for five years. It was a great time, but I wouldn’t do it again… “I went to war to learn,” George told Fox News on his 103rd birthday last year.
“Stay in shape and go to school.”
Even flying gliders over enemy territory was given to the brave veteran. He remembered how great it was to fly into Tokyo after the war was over. He also remembered how great it was to go to school in New York.
“Going to school in Newark, New York City, was one of my best times. They cost a nickel. He also said, “The ferry to Staten Island was worth a nickel.”
George lived a long life because he danced, had fun, and drank scotch. He was married to his wife Hazel for 70 years and had three children. He tells young people to stay healthy and go to school.
I hope George has a great time on the golf course with his family on his big birthday. Share this story to help us wish him a happy birthday.