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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 09:53 AM

Send a birthday card to the oldest living WWII veteran in the US as he turns 111

The oldest living American to serve in World War II is turning 111 years old, and you can join the celebration. Lawrence Brooks served as a support worker in the predominantly Black American 91st Engineer Battalion stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines and reached the rank of private first class during the war. On September 12, he celebrates his 111th birthday.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has thrown parties for the past five years to honor Brooks. Last year, family, veterans, and current military service members celebrated the veteran's new milestone at the museum, with cupcakes and a musical performance by the museum's vocal trio, the Victory Belles.

But this year, due to the pandemic, the celebration will look a little different. The museum is asking Americans around the country to send birthday cards. "We just thought there has to be some way that we can still celebrate him in a way that is safe but also gets more people involved," said Amber Mitchell, Assistant Director of Public Engagement at the National World War II Museum.

"If we aren't able to gather in ways that we're used to, we can always invent new ways to connect or rediscover old ways, like you would with a birthday card," Mitchell told CNN. "I mean, who doesn't want to write a card to a person who's 111 years old?" Mitchel asked.

On the big day, a small group of museum staff will deliver the cards to Brook at his home for a private celebration. Staff plans to wear face masks and practice social distancing. The Victory Belles will still serenade him.

To join the celebration, send a card to:

The National WWII Museum
c/o Happy 111th Mr. Brooks!
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/05/us/oldest-living-wwii-vet-turns-111-trnd/index.html

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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 09:59 AM

1. I'm in. Thanks for posting!

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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 10:32 AM

2. sending one of those free cards i get from the VFW! nt

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