BEMUS POINT, NY (WNY News Now) — A Chautauqua County veteran is celebrating a big milestone, with this year marking a century of life.
Neighbors, friends, and family members of Phil Wight were in attendance for a celebration of the milestone on Sunday, at the Lawson Center on Lakeside Drive in the village of Bemus Point.
Born on April 1st, 1923, Wight served as a member of a bombing group in the United States Air Force during the end of the second World War. He took part in Operation Chowhound, a series of food drops which helped to quell a famine in portions of German-occupied Europe.
Though originally from New Jersey, Wight eventually settled down in Bemus Point where he raised several children, becoming a well-known and well-respected member of the community.
At Sunday’s party, Wight was presented with several declarations from local leaders, as well as an American flag which was flown over Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in his honor.