Community turns out for man’s 101st


BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Berea, Ky., man who wants to get 101,000 social media likes as part of celebrating his 101st birthday got a community-wide parade as part of the celebration Friday.

Philip Harrison, a World War II veteran who lives at the Berea Health and Rehabilitation Center, turned 101 Friday. The man survived the Depression, World War II and now the coronavirus.

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He’s written a book about his experiences.

“Because of Covid-19, he is unable to celebrate this milestone in his life. The first responders in our community are putting together an impromptu ‘parade’ of police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, etc., to drive by and wish him happy birthday tomorrow,” said firefighter Brent Billings, who helped organize the parade,

Those who want to help him get his 101,000 ‘likes’ on social media can go to the Berea Health and Rehabilitation Center Facebook page and look for the link.