America wishes a big happy birthday to Lawrence Brooks. The country’s oldest living World War II veteran just celebrated his 111th birthday on Saturday. Born September 12th, 1909, the New Orleans native served in the predominantly African-American 91st Engineer Batallion. He was a private first class stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines during WWII. The birthday boy danced a COVID-safe two-step on his porch while a trio, standing on the sidewalk, sang songs he loved as a young man. WDSU said Brooks received nearly 10,000 birthday cards and packages from all fifty states. During a birthday ceremony and a car parade in his honor, Brooks smiled and waved at the crowd while wearing a New Orleans Saints facemask, telling the crowd “God bless all of you. Every one of you.”
Thank you for your service and Happy Birthday!
Here is some footage from his birthday celebration in 2019.