Lawrence Brooks was the oldest-known World War II veteran in the U.S. when he died Wednesday at the amazing age of 112. And as his life is being celebrated and commemorated, friends and loved ones are revealing that Brooks had a secret to his longevity: actively loving God and loving others.
“When asked about the secret of living a long life, he would say: ‘Serve God and be nice to people,’” the Rev. Morris Thompson Jr., bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, wrote to church members, according to Nola.com. “On this day, take a moment to honor his faithful service to our country and to the church by being kind to everyone you meet.”
The National WWII Museum also released a statement expressing sadness over Brooks’ passing and noting that he did, indeed, live by this “serve God and be nice to people” mantra.