Lawrence Brooks, the oldest American World War II veteran still breathing, turned a hearty 111 on Saturday.
The National WWII Museum, which is located in New Orleans near Brooks' home, organized a party in front of his porch around 10 a.m. The museum’s vocal trio regaled Brooks with a singing of “Happy Birthday” and a military flyover streaked across the Louisiana sky.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper celebrated the bespectacled centenarian too. “I salute your service and your lifetime of determination,” Esper tweeted.
Almost 10,000 birthday cards poured in for Brooks as part of a national card drive, according to the National WWII Museum.