He has really seen it all!
A United States Coast Guard veteran recently celebrated his 100th birthday in New Orleans, Fox 5 DC reports.
Andy Washington was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from 1942 until 1946, having served in World War II. On June 27th, Washington celebrated his 100th birthday, with a full on parade, second line band, tributes from USCG officials and surrounded by family and friends, all wearing shirts emblazoned with “Andy’s 100th Birthday” on it. The centenarian watched it all from his front yard seated on his black and gold throne.
Captain Michael Paradise, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Base New Orleans came to pay honor to Washington, saying, “This week I had the privilege of finding out about Mr. Andy’s 100th birthday, and that Mr. Andy was a World War II United States Coast Guard veteran. When I heard that, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come over and wish Mr. Andy a happy birthday. And from me, and the United States Coast Guard, sir, I stand here and salute you.”
Paradise and Washington exchanged salutes before the Captain presented the vet with a gift and an official Coast Guard flag. You can check out Mr. Washington’s celebration below!
Happy Birthday Mr. Andy! Thank you for your service!
Photo Courtesy of Fox 5 DC