(KMOV.com) – On the day his father turned 101, the son of a local World War Two veteran wanted make sure he knows how grateful is his country is to him.

Adolphus Watson celebrated his 101st birthday. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. 

Watson's son Byron, who is also a veteran, put out a call on Facebook asking for 101 birthday cards for his father. Watson received more than 3,000 cars for his birthday, some as far away as Argentina. 

“I don't know, you just have to be here to feel how happy we all are. To see dad, a World War II veteran, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, this man has seen more history than all of us put together and he’s still here with us after 101 years. I’m a blessed man,” Byron said.

Watson served in the 351st Field Artillery Unit, an all-black unit.

"I said dad, ‘At a time when segregation was at its highest peak, and you were discriminated to a point you couldn't fight along side of the people that were fighting a war.’ I said, ‘What made you decide to go and fight a war where you weren't even given equal rights?” said Byron.

“He said, ‘Son, one of the reasons I went is you know, this is my country. Even though I knew everything was not right about it. I knew this was the only country I knew, and I wasn't about to let somebody take it.’ I think that sums up my dad being just a humble guy,” said Byron.

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