Friends, neighbors, first responders and strangers helped Randolph Bowen celebrate his 81st birthday Sunday in Mooresville’s Curtis Pond neighborhood.

Bowen, an Air Force veteran who served overseas in Korea, and his wife Mary Bowen, 77, recently moved from Homer, Louisiana, to live with daughter Emma Sacchetti.

The Bowens have been married 61 years and have four children, 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

See photos from the celebration below, and read more about it in Wednesday's Tribune: