Wewoka WWII Veteran Surprised With Parade For 100th Birthday

News 9 - August 1, 2022 6:08 am

WEWOKA, Okla. – 

World War II veteran Dewey Muirhead is a pretty big deal in Wewoka, and Friday, July 29, for his 100th birthday the entire town came out to show him just how special he is.

“Big day. One hundred years old. My goodness alive,” Mr. Muirhead reflected.

For his 100th birthday Mr. Dewey wasn’t sure what to expect. His family wanted the day to be a surprise for him, but the whole town was in on it.

As he ate pizza, all he knew was that there was a family dinner planned for Sunday.

As the town prepared for the surprise parade, Mr. Dewey made his way close to the street, for a front row seat for a parade in his honor.

Led off by the police and fire departments, cars lined up for blocks.

“There are people from Duncan, Piedmont, Tulsa, Oklahoma City,” said Marilyn Muirhead Moody, Mr. Muirhead’s daughter.

There were so many cars the family lost count. Mr. Muirhead has always been fascinated with cars, so the classic cars really got his attention.

Dewey Muirhead, 100 year old World War II veteran.

Wewoka WWII Veteran Surprised With Parade For 100th Birthday

There were also some very prestigious presentations made.

“This is a flag that flew over the state Capitol and a proclamation from the state, so thank you very much sir,” all presented by a veteran’s group.

There was also a presentation from The Centenarians of Oklahoma, and one really big honor presented by the mayor of Wewoka.

“Do hereby declare Friday, July 29, 2022, as Dewey Muirhead day,” said Mayor Paige Sherry.

“I think he was surprised, but I was also surprised at the wonderful turnout that we had,” said Moody.

When asked if he had caught on to the surprise…

“I did not, so help me God, I didn’t know that,” said Mr. Muirhead.


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