Former Blue Angel who defied dad’s orders to sign up for the Navy celebrates his 93rd birthday

Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country. So it’s only natural that when it’s their turn to celebrate, we make sure we give them the fanfare they truly deserve.

Mark Perrault decided to serve his country as a member of the military even though his father advised him against it.

Mark Perrault is a valuable asset to this nation. In the year 1957, he became a Blue Angel. At the time, that wing of the navy was still fairly new. The Blue Angels of the United States were formed in 1946 in order to increase the public’s interest in naval aviation and also boost the morale of today’s Navy officers.

After joining the legendary Blue Angels in 1957 when he was a young man, Mark Perrault turns 93 today. Of course, everyone he loves got together to celebrate his birthday.

He remembers the resistance he faced from his father when he decided to join the Blue Angels. “I joined the Navy because my father said not to do that. Don’t do that because it’s dangerous work,” recalled Mark Perrault.

The Blue Angels are known for their incredible and intricate maneuvers that they perform in the air. When Mark was asked how he performed the famous tricks, his answer was simple: “Practice. Just practice a lot,” he said.

His dedication and practice paid off, as joining the Blue Angels led to a successful military career. His daughter, Monique Lomax, mentions how he also took his father to work in Washington D.C.

“He’s my hero,” Monique Lomax says proudly of her veteran father.

Monique visited her father with her husband and son at her assisted living facility in Nocatee. She took home a cake and even a surprise package from the Blue Angels that she knew would mean a lot to her loving father.

“This is very special to him. Oh my God. Just amazing,” Lomax said.

Though his father was against the idea of ​​him joining the Blue Angels or embarking on a military career, Perrault has no regrets. The veteran says, “But I did well and I’m proud of it.”

It is always moving to hear the stories of our veterans who are still alive and well today to impart their wisdom to us. We wish Mark Perrault a very happy birthday.

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