Community members surprised U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Elizabeth Ross with a parade and party to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Ross was a sergeant who served in San Francisco from 1943 to 1945. During her service, she kept inventory of military equipment and helped with recruitment.
Ross came from a military family with her grandfather serving in the Navy.
To celebrate this milestone birthday, her daughter hosted a celebration in San Luis Obispo.
The non-profit organization Welcome Home Military Heroes also helped organize the event.
Attendees were asked to bring a card to thank her for her service and to honor her birthday.
It was a day that Ross will treasure forever.
"This whole thing is amazing,” said Ross about her party and parade. “I don’t even think that I could express it except that it's so wonderful.”
Elizabeth's husband served in the Merchant Marines and her son served in the navy.
After her duties as a marine, Ross attended college at UC Berkeley supported by the GI bill and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications.