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America’s Oldest WWII Vet Celebrates 112th Birthday—Advises: ‘Serve God and Be Nice to People’

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The oldest known WWII veteran, Lawrence Brooks, was honored at his home with a Jeep parade, cake, and performances from Victory Belles trio, as well as local New Orleans musicians earlier this week. Sitting on his porch outside, the New Orleans native celebrated his 112th birthday with well-wishers on Sept. 12—amidst recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida. For the bash, organized by the the National WWII Museum, Brooks was treated to cake, a glamorous performance by the museum’s Victory Belles vocal trio, and a Jeep parade, courtesy of Kajun Outcast Jeep Club and Northshore Wrangler Association. Offering words of wisdom, Brooks advised others to “serve God and be nice to people,” NBC reported. Also playing was the Lawrence Brooks Birthday Band, an assembly of local New Orleans musicians, presented by the Bucktown All-Stars. Marking the occasion, the City of New Orleans issued an official proclamation recognizing Brooks’s milestone 112th birthday—which makes him …

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