BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- A World War II veteran is celebrating his 100th birthday.
When asked how he felt to be 100, Earl Conley jokingly said, “Am I 100? Oh, I can’t believe that. I don’t feel like 100. I feel like, uh, 99.”
Conley was born in 1918 when Woodrow Wilson was president and gasoline was 15 cents per gallon. He then became a veteran after fighting in World War II.
Bryan Davis with the American Legion Post 1 said, “We take care of our own. We honor their services and their sacrifices that we can relate to. It’s just a real privilege to join in that celebration.”
Conley was saluted Monday at his retirement community and was honored by the City of Broken Arrow and state legislators. He was also wrapped in his very own Quilt of Valor. The centenarian even had a few war buddies there to ring in 100.
Davis said about Conley, “I see a lot of wisdom an experience. I see our country. I see what it’s like to be a man in our country and a patriot.”
When asked what his secret to longevity is, Conley said, “What’s the secret of living? Well, the secret is don’t give up.”