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America’s oldest World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks received a heartwarming birthday gift as he celebrated his 111th birthday over the weekend, according to Breitbart News.
The veteran received a military flyover in lieu of more traditional plans that had to be nixed due to the coronavirus.
Happy 111th Birthday to Mr. Lawrence Brooks of New Orleans, LA! While we weren’t able to have our usual birthday party at the Museum this year, we were able to host a socially distanced celebration that he could view safely from his porch. pic.twitter.com/DyzyWc0oCw
— National WWII Museum (@WWIImuseum) September 12, 2020
“I feel great, feel wonderful,” Brooks told WWL after he visited the New Orleans VA Hospital on Thursday.
Brooks’s official birthday is on September 12, 1909, and he served in the black 91st Engineer Battalion during the war, according to a press release from the museum.
“God bless all of you. Every one of you,” Brooks said as he wore a New Orleans Saints mask.
More from Breitbart:
Last year, New Orleans native and World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks received cupcakes, music, and lots of kisses at the National WWII Museum as the facility hosted him for a birthday party for the fifth year in a row.
This year, the celebration came to him because of the coronavirus pandemic, as he watched from his porch while an entire squadron of WWII-era aircraft did a flyover in his neighborhood, the Times-Picayune reported.
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