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    Just a little Memorial Day thought. Only 30 of them left... wow!
    Something about stories like this always cause me to stop and think,
    which is probably a good thing.

    http://tinyurl.com/7rvwn

    WWI Veteran, 103, Celebrates Memorial Day Sun May 29, 1:34 PM ET

    CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. - Memorial Day parade organizers were considering
    using actors to represent veterans of World War I when they learned
    about 103-year-old Lloyd Brown — one of the last living veterans of the
    war.

    Brown plans to ride in the parade Monday in Washington to represent the
    rest of the 4.7 million U.S. servicemen who took part in the Great War.
    He is one of the 30 who are still alive, according to an unofficial
    estimate by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    "World War I people are getting scarce," Brown said. "Nothing can be
    done about that."

    Brown was 16 when he lied about his age so he could join the Allied
    cause in 1918. His Maryland driver's license still lists his birth date
    as October 7, 1899, instead of the correct 1901.

    "Everybody was patriotic; everybody wanted to join," Brown told The
    Washington Post. "Those who joined were local heroes, well received on
    the public streets."

    Brown still remembers patrolling the North Atlantic for enemy
    submarines aboard the USS New Hampshire.

    He reenlisted after the war as a Navy musician, and played cello in
    Australia as a member of an admiral's orchestra. He later served as a
    firefighter in the District of Columbia, and sold antiques in Charlotte
    Hall, in southern Maryland.

    Brown retains enough white hair to comb. He still has a driver's
    license but favors a golf cart to drive to the end of his driveway to
    pick up the mail.

    He lives alone but his daughter, Nancy Espina, checks on him every day.
    Son-in-law Thomas Espina said Brown doesn't allow anything to bother
    him too much, including aging.

    "I don't consider it a long life," Brown said. "I feel as though there
    are a lot of people around my age."

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    Dave says... fire Dave Hudgens
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