PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Today, Stella Srgo, a trailblazing drill sergeant and air warden in WW2, turned 100.

"We still call her sergeant Stella," says her daughter Lydia McLaughlin.

McLaughlin says it's been a tough year with COVID restrictions, and she wanted to honor her mother in a special way as she hits a century. With the help of Dreamcatchers Foundation, they threw her a birthday party!

"She never really been acknowledged or celebrated for her service because she was a woman in the war, and it was so much less likely that that would be a thing, so this was kind of the first time she was actually honored for her service," says Caitlin Crommett, the Founder of Dreamcatcher foundation.

Phoenix community honors WW2 trailblazing female Sergeant

People came out in droves to honor Srgo, showering her with gifts, and official letters were read from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and other lawmakers.

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