World War II veteran Salvatore Scherma sat in his Independence driveway with no idea what was to come on his 96th birthday.
Sure, there were balloons and decorations commemorating the special day directly to his left, but still he waited in ignorance.
Suddenly, horns beeped ceaselessly and cars filled with family members meandered their way down the street, passing his home at the end of the cul-de-sac, throwing balloons with gifts as well as words of love and appreciation in his direction.
Scherma’s five children, 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren made his birthday a very special one. The 96-year-old held a tissue in his hand, dabbing away tears of joy as they drove past.
Scherma told his daughter, Sally Petrus, that he’s lived through many heartaches, but not seeing his family during this time is far worse than any before. If for only a day during this pandemic, his heart was healed as his family came to see him.
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