Meet the oldest living veteran, Mr. Richard Arvine Overton, still looking good at 107 years young. His secret?
Overton takes no medicine, except for aspirin. Instead, he smokes cigars -- up to 12 a day, he told Fox News this spring -- and drinks whiskey with his morning coffee. The secret to living long, he told the Houston Chronicle, is "staying out of trouble."*nods and grins* My kind of man.
“I also stay busy around the yards, I trim trees, help with the horses," he told Fox. "The driveways get dirty, so I clean them. I do something to keep myself moving. I don’t watch television." (Source)
Other precious tidbits:
"He was there at Pearl Harbor when the battle ships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said. 'I only got out of there by the grace of God.' ...When the war ended, Richard headed home to Texas, to a nation bitterly divided by race. And his service on the battlefield was not always matched by the respect that he deserved at home." (Source)Let me guess, Senor Presidente...some folks didn't take too kindly to your bringing this up on this most hallowed of days.
~ Barack Obama, a
Negro well-versed in not getting respect for service
44th President of the USA
"I see the youth of today is not appreciating what those of us did who serve," Marine Corps veteran Henry Sanders said. (Source)No, Mr. Sanders, they sure don't. The folks in Washington who triggered the longest war in American history - still going, mind you - have neither shown or taught the youth of today how to properly appreciate a citizen's service. In their minds, rich man orders poor man to fight. Poor man fights, loses a limb, maybe even dies. Rich man moves on with his life.
My point is, the Bar thanks you, Mr. Sanders. You and Mr. Overton can drink all the free whiskey you want. *nods* Amaya will be lighting your cigars this evening. As the for the entertainment...you like Billie Holiday, Mr. Sanders? I'm sure I could scare up a singer for the lounge....
*looks back expectantly at the Bar for volunteers*