Richard Overton, the oldest living World War II vet, celebrated his 109th birthday on Sunday in Austin, Texas.
Joined by his extended family and other members of the community, Overton celebrated the occasion with cake, burgers and fries.
The event, which was attended by Mayor Steve Adler and the assistant chief of the Austin Police Department, was sponsored by Mighty Fine Burgers Fries and Shakes and took place at a neighbor’s home.
“That generation made such a difference, so we think it’s something good for the police department to come and show their support,” said APD Assistant Chief Jason Dusterhoft.
Overton, meanwhile, was both surprised by and grateful for the turnout and hopes that everyone will return when he turns 110.
“I’m really surprised, I really didn’t know there was going to be this many people. I knew it was going to be somebody, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this and I really enjoyed it,” Overton said.