Lawrence Brooks has skilled a lot in his life because the oldest recognized residing World Conflict II veteran. This yr, he celebrated his 112th birthday with a lot fanfare.
Brooks was born in Norwood, Louisiana, however has lived in New Orleans since 1929. After coming back from his time within the military, which resulted in 1945, he settled down and had 5 youngsters together with his spouse.
He now has 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Given the instances, the social gathering has come to Brooks the previous two years.
“Lawrence Brooks, a New Orleans native and the oldest recognized U.S. veteran of World Conflict II celebrated his 112th birthday at his residence yesterday,” the National WWII Museum posted on Monday.
“In gentle of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing restoration efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Ida, The Nationwide WWII Museum organized a small, birthday celebration with cake, a efficiency from the Museum’s vocal trio, The Victory Belles, and a Jeep parade courtesy of Kajun Outcast Jeep Membership and Northshore Wrangler Affiliation,” the submit stated.
“Leisure included the Lawrence Brooks Birthday Band, a group of native New Orleans musicians introduced by the Bucktown All-Stars. The Metropolis of New Orleans additionally issued an official proclamation recognizing his milestone birthday.
“Born Sept. 12, 1909, Lawrence Brooks served the US Military within the predominantly African-American 91st Engineer Battalion, which was stationed in New Guinea after which the Philippines throughout World Conflict II.”
The governor acknowledged the auspicious day and the veteran together with his personal Fb submit.
“Glad 112th birthday to Mr. Lawrence Brooks, America’s oldest residing World Conflict II veteran and a proud Louisianan,” Gov. John Bel Edwards posted on Sunday.
“Mr. Brooks, your entire state of Louisiana thanks you to your service and all of us want you a joyous birthday,” he stated.
Many commented on the museum’s submit to thank Brooks for his service and ship their finest needs.
“One of the best birthday but!” the Victory Belles commented. “We had a blast. We love you, Mr. Brooks!”
So far as recommendation goes, Brooks retains it easy. He advised WDSU-TV that he encourages others to “serve God and be good to folks.”
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