World War II veteran celebrates 100th birthday with parade amid coronavirus restrictions


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) — Ralph Wendorf says the secret to a long life is simple: “I put two cherries in my Manhattans,” Wendorf said.

Wendorf celebrated 100 memorable years of life on Saturday. Due to the stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines, Wendorf’s friends organized a drive-by birthday party.

“Just some people passing by and waving, and my neighbors, that’s all,” Wendorf said.

Wendorf got so much more than a few waves. Bernalillo County first responders, The Duke City Gladiators, and a few motorcycle clubs were all in attendance, making noise and wishing Wendorf the happiest of birthdays.

Wendorf is a fountain of knowledge, living 100 years will do that to you, but he says out of all 100 birthdays, this one is by far the best.

“It took my breath away, I’m absolutely speechless,” Wendorf said.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office even made Wendorf an honorary deputy, giving him a certificate and a badge.

Must-See Stories

More Must-See Stories
North Carolina Coronavirus Hotline: 1-866-462-3821


Follow FOX8 on Twitter