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

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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