'I've been a lucky guy' – Parade celebrates 100th birthday of WWII veteran in Farmingdale

Cars rode through the streets of the village Sunday morning to honor Ed Dionian, a decorated World War II veteran and former National Guardsman.

News 12 Staff

Jul 11, 2021, 9:37 PM

Updated 1,014 days ago

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A parade was held in Farmingdale to celebrate the 100th birthday of a World War II veteran.
Cars rode through the streets of the village Sunday morning to honor Ed Dionian, a decorated World War II veteran and former National Guardsman.
Dionian enlisted in the Army in 1942 when he was 21 years old. He served for just over three years.
During that time, he worked as a technical corporal, a first mechanic of the L-4 Grasshopper light aircraft used for reconnaissance, an artillery spotter and helped with the medical evacuation of wounded soldiers.
Friends, family, neighbors, the local boy scout troop, the Nassau County Police Department and local veterans’ organizations gathered for the parade.
"We have the AMVETS here, the Jewish war veterans, the Catholic war veterans, the American Legion and other VFW posts. So, the brotherhood came together and we're just really proud we could be part of the family,” says Ken Barone, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 516.
Dionian is now a father of five, grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 10. He still lives in the home he built on Elm Drive.
Nancy Wagners, his daughter, says she knew that this parade was the perfect way to celebrate her dad's milestone birthday.
"I've attended a couple of these parades for 100-year-old veterans, and I said when my dad turns 100, he is going to have a parade,” she says.
Nassau police honored Dionian with a flyover and the sounds of pipes and drums.
Dionian says his secret to a long life is his faith, his family and a lot of luck.
"I've been a lucky guy from the day I was born, and that's going way back,” he says.


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