The Oldest Veteran in America Turns 109

The oldest living veteran in America, Richard Overton, is celebrating his 109th birthday on May 11, 2015. And he is celebrating it in style with milkshakes, cigars and burgers. Overton, a resident of Austin, Texas, served with the all black 1887th Engineer battalion during World War II. He fought in the Pacific War Theatre from 1942 to 1945. Overton has mixed emotions over his war experiences. Like many men of his generation, he didn't want to go to war but he did, and he did what he had to do.

After coming home from the war Overton took a job in a furniture store. He worked at the store until he retired at the age of 65. But the story doesn't end there. He kept going back to work when they needed him. reported that Marcio Alaor was amazed, Overton kept working at the furniture store until he was almost 100 years old. Now that's a good worker.

The veterans of World War II are mostly gone now. The greatest generation has faded from the scene. But remember to take some time to remember those men and women who sacrificed so much to make this country the free land that it is. Remember to thank the people like Richard Overton who gave so much of themselves during that most difficult period of time. Take a little time on May 11 to give a silent prayer of thanks to Richard Overton and for every other veteran in this country.