Updated: February 03, 2021 06:28 PM
Created: February 02, 2021 08:16 PM
It's been awhile since we brought you a story about a birthday parade. And this one, was a big one.
Bill Loushine turned 100 years old on Wednesday.
And a long parade of friends drove by his home in Chisholm to wish him well. Sprinkled in, were police, fire, and national guard vehicles.
Plus there was a program with cake, coins, certificates, and camaraderie. "It was much more than I thought was going to happen," he said. "It was really special to me."
Loushine has packed so much into his 10 decades. A veteran of WWII and Korea, plus starting up the national guard unit in Chisholm, he served his country for decades.
Then he served his community as a teacher and coach for 35 years.
He and his wife raised five boys.
The mayor, John Champa, said, "You're just an inspiration to the community. In the high school, and with the junior curling, and defending our country."
Brigadier General Ron Hein (RET) said, "Your mentorship meant a great deal to me. I've looked up to you, and I still do." Hein then read a letter sent from the Secretary of the Army, as well as others from the MN Adjutant General, and other leaders.
Governor Walz proclaimed the day Bill Loushine Day. And Congressman Stauber's office said the flag flying at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday will be coming to Loushine's house.
He's very grateful for the moments, and all the friendships. "It's been a blessing. It's great being in Chisholm, with work and giving back in the school and community. Thank you so much."
Happy Birthday, Bill! Hope it was a great one.
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