A unique celebration took place at Naval Station Mayport on Thursday morning.

Sailors and staff joined together to celebrate the 102nd birthday of Navy veteran, Chief Ellis Pope.

According to the Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Pope is a veteran of World War II and is the recipient of the NCOA World War II Honor and Legacy Medallion.  

The crowd in attendance listened to a speech given by Pope about his history with the Navy and later on sang him Happy Birthday.

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