Lawrence Brooks, the oldest surviving World War 2 veteran in the United States, was honored with a military flyover as he celebrated his 111th birthday.
Mr. Brooks held a socially-distanced birthday party at his New Orleans home when The Victory Belles, a vocal trio of The National WWII Museum, gathered in front of his home to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song.
The War veteran, who served in the 91st Engineer Battalion in the Philippines and New Guinea, was also honored by an aerobatics performance organized by The Big Easy Wing and the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team.
“It is such an honor to have the oldest living U.S. veteran of World War II living so close to our institution,” Amber Mitchell of Louisiana’s National WWII Museum expressed in an interview with Fox 8 New Orleans.
“And it was meaningful for us to continue to celebrate Lawrence Brooks and his incredible life in a safe manner this year.”
As Mitchell explained, it is important to honor the heroes whose sacrifices and bravery contributed to the end of World War 2.
“As we continue to lose members of The Greatest Generation, it is so important that we honor these men and women for their bravery and sacrifice while they are with us,” she added.
According to the Insider, the museum responsible for the veteran’s birthday celebration preparations told them that the party was socially-distanced and safe for the centenarian.
“There was a private celebration. The Victory Belles trio sang to him and there were two military flyovers,” the museum’s officials allegedly said.
“Everything was socially distanced and Mr. Brooks was on his porch. We did get close to 10,000 cards. There was at least one card from every state and there were cards from seven different countries.”
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