Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013

Richard Arvine Overton, born 5/11/1906, looking good at 107
The oldest living veteran this year (according to Fox News) is 107 years old.

Fox News/Military/Joshua Rhett Miller, 5/24/13, "America's oldest veteran to spend quiet Memorial Day at Texas home."

For his 107th Memorial Day, Richard Arvine Overton, who saw many of his fellow soldiers fall in the line of duty in World War II and even more die over the following decades, is planning a quiet day at the Texas home he built after returning home from World War II.  He wouldn’t want it any other way.

Overton, who is believed to be the nation's oldest veteran, told he’ll likely spend the day on the porch of his East Austin home with a cigar nestled in his right hand, perhaps with a cup of whiskey-stiffened coffee nearby. “I don’t know, some people might do something for me, but I’ll be glad just to sit down and rest,” the Army veteran said during a phone interview. “I’m no young man no more.”   Read article.  Note:  Photographs of Richard Arvine Overton from the article

Reference articles US Department of Veterans Affairs. "Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time." - ".... Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer."  And,  US Memorial Day organization.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Tom Clifford said...

Enjoy your "Coffee" and smoke you more then earn them. Thank you.