He's lived a life of service to his country and his community. Now, a Staten Island man is celebrating a special birthday alongside friends and family.
Staten Island Care Center hosted a 100th birthday celebration Monday for resident James Washington. The World War II veteran was the seventh of eighth children to be born to share-croppers in South Carolina. Washington was also a pastor and worked with the Port Authority until he retired at the age of 62. He had these words to share on his special day:
"I would not take nothing in the world for these moments. I never have an ache. I never have a pain," said Washington.
"He deserves it. He's live the life. He's given his service as a pastor. He's given his service as a serviceman," said Washington's daughter, Denise Warrell.
Washington also received a special plaque and several certificates from local elected officials.