112-Year-Old WWII Vet Gives Advice on His Birthday: ‘Serve God, Be Nice to People'
The New Orleans native celebrated with well-wishers on Sept 12th
America's oldest WWII veteran, Lawrence Brooks, celebrated his 112th birthday this week and was honored at his home with a Jeep parade and performances from Victory Belles trio.
The New Orleans native celebrated with well-wishers on Sept 12th.
The celebration was organized by the National WWII Museum, where Brooks was treated to a performance by the museum’s Victory Belles vocal trio and cake.
Brooks also offered some words of wisdom:
“Serve God and be nice to people,” he said, according to NBC.
Local New Orleans musicians also played with the Lawrence Brooks Birthday Band.
Meanwhile, the City of New Orleans issued an official proclamation to recognize Brooks’s milestone 112th birthday, making him the oldest veteran of the Second World War.
Brook's well-wishers included Governor John Bel Edwards, who later posted a picture of him with the veteran on Twitter:
“Happy 112th birthday to Mr. Lawrence Brooks, America’s oldest living World War II veteran, and a proud Louisianan. Mr. Brooks, the entire state of Louisiana thanks you for your service and we all wish you a joyous birthday. #lagov”
Brooks was born on Sept. 12, 1909, and served in the army from 1940 to 1945, and was stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines.
Brooks returned home after the war to New Orleans and worked as a forklift operator and married Leona B. Brooks, who died in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina.
He has five children and now 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
The museum stated:
“Last year, Mr. Brooks received more than 21,000 cards from all over the U.S. and abroad wishing him a happy 111th birthday."
“Mr. Brooks’ birthday is a significant reminder of those who have served and continue to dedicate their lives to our freedom,” they added.
“The National WWII Museum’s ongoing educational mission is to tell the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.”