106-year-old World War II veteran has modest wishes for ‘dream day’

OMAHA, Nebraska. (KMTV) – July 14, 2022

Family and friends gathered in Elk Ridge Village to celebrate Joe Burgess’ 106th birthday.

“His secret to longevity is to keep your mind and body active every day,” said Stacey’s granddaughter Rudolfi.

The day was made special by dozens of visitors, hundreds of postcards and a quartet of barbershops.

But another important day loomed on the horizon: July 26, 2022.

“Had to wait until 106 to get it done,” he said.

“It” was a day designed by Joe through the Dreamweaver Foundation, which brings the dreams of the elderly to life.

Joe wanted to drive a limousine to Walmart to buy a new iron, ironing board, and shoes, and then have lunch at Spezia.

He was not alone. Bob Reisser, 100, who also lives in Elk Ridge Village, joined Joe for the day.

Bob flew a B-17 during World War II. Joe was a shooter.

Socializing with each other and with new friends – Joe beamed. Joking, “I’ll be back for this next year.”

The simplicity of his desire demonstrates that he has everything he needs, including an idea of ​​what it means to serve the United States.

When asked about the greatest moment of his life, Joe said it was when he retired from his job.

“I did everything I could”.

To learn more about the Dreamweaver Foundation, visit Dreamweaver Foundation website.

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