Happy Memorial Day!

Richard Overton in front of the East Austin home he built upon returning home from his service in WWII. (Photo: KVUE)

Richard Overton in front of the East Austin home he built upon returning home from his service in WWII. (Photo: KVUE)

After spending the last month making appearances around the country, 107-year-old Richard Arvine Overton, America’s oldest veteran, plans to spend Memorial Day sipping whisky and smoking cigars.

“I don’t know, some people might do something for me, but I’ll be glad just to sit down and rest,’ World War II veteran Richard Arvine Overton told Fox News from the East Austin, Texas home he built after returning from active duty.

It’s a rare day off for Overton, who attributes his long life to his practice of mowing lawns and taking a single baby aspirin every day.

‘You got to keep moving. You don’t sit down and watch TV all the time. You have to keep moving,’ Mr Overton told KVUE after being recognized for his service by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell on May 9.

Happy Memorial Day, Mr. Overton, from The Six-Year-Old and all of us at Caterpickles.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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