By CBSBoston.com Staff

WILMINGTON (CBS) – A big day calls for a big celebration.

And that’s what took place in Wilmington for a World War II Veteran’s 100th birthday.

Army veteran Joe McCarthy celebrated his birthday with a car parade organized by friends and family.

Army veteran Joe McCarthy saluting the car parade organized for his 100th birthday. (WBZ-TV)

“Longtime resident of Wilmington. His family has been here for many years, and Joe is just a great guy. And he’s one of the greatest generations, as people say all the time, but it’s extremely true. Just hard-working people, and today he turns 100,” said Lou Cimaglia, Wilmington Director of Veterans Services.

The parade drove by McCarthy’s home Saturday morning, and anyone was encouraged to join in.

CBSBoston.com Staff