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WWII Veteran Eli Linden Honored on his 100th Birthday
WWII Veteran Eli Linden Honored on his 100th Birthday
WWII Veteran Eli Linden Honored on his 100th Birthday

Published on: 04/10/2023


Chariots of Honor organized a parade of vehicles to honor World War II Veteran PFC Eli Linden to celebrate his 100th birthday. Mr. Linden was wounded and later captured. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and French Legion of Honor. A parade of vehicles including multiple Motorcycle organizations, WWII Jeeps, men in WWII era uniforms, and trucks and automobiles decorated with flags and bunting drove past Eli, his family and friends under the portico at his residence, Ashleigh at Lansdowne. The Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution was represented by a 22’ float decorated with WWII graphics, multiple flags, and an image that included Eli Linden when he was a young Private in the Army. Chapter President Ken Bonner and Vice President Barry Schwoerer rode on the float and rang a 1/3 size liberty bell for spectators and to honor Eli Linden. The float was towed by Chapter member, and float owner, Warner Workman and the Chapter Treasurer, Steve Riddle. It is estimated that over 80 vehicles took part in the parade of vehicles. Multiple VFW, and American Legion Posts participated as well as many other Veteran organizations. It was a very patriotic and moving event for a Veteran of WWII.

Following the parade of Vehicles the SMJC SAR Chapter team presented colors to open an indoor ceremony that commemorated Eli’s life and accomplishments during WWII. The indoor ceremony was conducted by Levi's son, Robert Linden. SMJC Chapter Ken Bonner presented the family a large image of Eli on the event announcement created by Chariots of Honor.

Author :Barry Schwoerer

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