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100th Birthday Parade Held For West Hartford Veteran

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There was a big celebration this weekend for a man marking a big milestone.

Ben Cooper, a World War II veteran, is turning 100 soon and on Sunday, people participated in a birthday parade for him.

West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor set it up. Cars honked and cheered as they passed Cooper's house on East Maxwell Drive.

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We first introduced you to this American hero when he reflected back on his time as a combat medic during the war and shared this heartfelt message.

For decades, Ben Cooper has lived with the memory of World War II and all that he saw with the Army's 45th Infantry Division. As he gets ready to celebrate his 100th birthday, he reflects on what he and his generation sacrificed to end the Holocaust and save humanity.

"Bring back kindness to everybody. Every day, live with it. And don't be so against someone because they have different religion or whatever. Be kind," Cooper said.

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His birthday is coming up on Christmas Eve and he told us all he wants is good health.

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