She's 101 years old, but that did not stop former 1st Lt. Elva Rose O'Brien Bertha from standing up and offering a salute to the thousands of people clapping to honor her during Saturday night's Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game at PPG Paints Arena.
Bertha is a Bronze Star recipient and was honored for her service over the Veterans Day weekend, WPXI reported.
According to her military records, Bertha was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Pittsburgh. She enlisted in the Army during World War II on July 15, 1942.
Welcome to the game, Bronze Star recipient, 1st Lieutenant Elva O'Brien Bertha! Thank you for your service. pic.twitter.com/5lT4Evrxyn— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 10, 2019
She is also familiar with sports. Her late husband, Paul Bertha, who died in 1994, was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1979 for his work as a football, baseball and basketball official at the high school and college levels.
The Penguins did their part to pay tribute to Elva Bertha, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout.
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