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106-year-old veteran celebrates birthday while following public health order

Fellow veterans, along with police officers and firefighters, honored him at a distance. As they drove by, he stood and waved.

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David Bussey is no ordinary man. He can walk, stand, even elbow bump — pretty impressive for a man who has lived through two pandemics and a World War.

“I have so many friends... I just feel like I have been a very fortunate man,” Bussey said.

Bussey was in Pearl Harbor when America was attacked during World War II. He spent much of his life in the Navy, where he lost friends along the way.

He survived, served his country and fell in love.

“I enjoyed my military time. If I haven't gotten married, I would have made the Navy my career,” Bussey said.

On Wednesday, fellow veterans, along with police officers and firefighters, honored him at a distance. As they drove by, he stood and waved.

Here's the tricky part of Bussey’s celebration: In New Mexico, a new executive order states clearly, “An indoor or outdoor parade of any sort is a mass gathering; parades are therefore prohibited under this order."

However, vehicle processions are not prohibited in the parade order.

This was good news for Bussey and for those who wanted to come out and celebrate his heroism.

“We put the word out, you've got to wear your mask. If you're sick, don't show up.
We're going to recognize this veteran and two, we want to make sure we take care of our constituents," Bussey said.