The Austin City Council will recognize Austin resident and the oldest World War II veteran Richard Overton in celebration of his 107th birthday at the May 9 Council meeting.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell will present Overton with a birthday proclamation at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Overton grew up near Bastrop and after returning home from his military service overseas, he worked for the Texas Treasury Department in Austin. He lives in the same East Austin house he built when he got out of the service at the end of World War II. Overton says he is in good health and takes care of himself by mowing yards, taking one baby aspirin a day, attending church every Sunday and enjoys the company of many friends.
During the proclamation ceremony, the Mayor will invite Overton on the next Honor Flight Austin trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled for May 17.
The Honor Flight Austin mission is to transport veterans -- with priority given to those residing in 14 Central Texas counties including Travis -- from Austin to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifices and return them home to their families and loved ones.