World War II Veteran celebrates 100th birthday in Rockford


ROCKFORD (WREX) – Several people came together on Tuesday to celebrate a special milestone for one particular person.

A retired men’s group of the YMCA celebrated the 100th birthday of World War II Veteran William Allen. The event featured cake and many guests, including Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. When it comes to making it to 100 years old, Allen has this tip for others.

“Making it to 100 is something I never think about,” Allen said. “And the other day, somebody said to me ‘what was your secret?’ I said ‘you get out of bed every morning.’ That’s it.”

The celebration took place at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA.

Nick Landi

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