Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
World War II Navy veteran Oscar Tate is almost a century old.
Today, he's celebrating 99 years with his friends, family, and supporters.
omething Captain Benjamin Tate says he wouldnt miss the world for.
"It was was amazing, I just wanted to get over here and say 'hello,' he was right there waiting for me," said Benjamin Tate, "I couldn't believe it, he's still around, still here supporting me and everything."
Benjamin, a Marine pilot, flew into Yakima in an MV-22 Osprey from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
It's a transport that flies like a plane, but can maneuver like a helicopter -- a machine that impressed even this veteran who has seen a lifetime of technology.
"[laughs] Well there's a lot of awe... Awe," said Oscar Tate.
Hundreds of people showed up today to show their support for Oscar, and get a glimpse of the plane; an event the family has been tediously planning for the past few months.
"It's exciting, gosh isn't it? I mean, having the reserves and the recruiters here, and the civil air patrol, and the cub scouts, boy scouts," said Oscar's son, Steve Tate, "It's all really neat."
For Captain Benjamin Tate, today's flight mission was simple, return home and spend time with the man he says supported him as he made his way through the military ranks.
"He's always been there for me growing up, so I just wanted to show my appreciation to him; how he's always been there for me," said Benjamin Tate.