America’s Oldest Living WWII Veteran Shares His Secret to Staying Young

109-year-old veteran Richard Overton stays young by enjoying the little things in life.

Last May, Richard Overton enjoyed a birthday that many of strive for but few actually get to see. Our nation’s oldest living World War II veteran turned 109, and he doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.

Overton still drives, takes care of his lawn and takes time to enjoy his favorite things.

“I smoke at least 12 Tampa Sweet cigars a day,” Overton told the Wall Street Journal. He also credits whiskey as his secret to his longevity, although he says he drinks it much more sparklingly these days.

City mayor Steve Adler showed up to an early birthday bash held at Overton’s Austin, Texas home. The party drew a few hundred guests and featured the theme of “Mighty Fine at 109.” Mayor Adler spoke at the event and praised Overton, calling him “one of this city’s treasures.”

 

Overton has also earned praise from other high ranking politicians. He’s been visited by former Texas Governor Rick Perry, with a bottle of whiskey in hand, and was invited to the White House by President Obama in 2013. His drive, incredible stories and enchanting personality has helped him to become a living legend in his hometown.

“I like the attention,” the 109-year old admitted. “I never thought I would be that important.”

When asked what his goals were for the rest of his life, Overton stayed true to himself, keeping his response simple and straight-to-the-point. “I just gotta live.”

Source: Lori Liebig/Wide Open Country

 

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