NEW ORLEANS — A United States Coast Guard veteran celebrated his 100th birthday with friends and family in New Orleans Saturday.
Andy Washington is a World War II veteran who served in the Coast Guard from 1942-1946. A parade of well-wishers drove through his neighborhood to celebrate with him.
Capt. Michael Paradise, commanding officer of Coast Guard Base New Orleans, presented Washington with a Coast Guard flag to commemorate the occasion.
"This week I had the privilege of finding out about Mr. Washington's 100th birthday, and that Mr. Washington was a World War 2 United States Coast Guard veteran," Paradise said. "When I heard that, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to wish him a happy birthday. I feel honored to be included on this occasion, and I salute Mr. Washington on behalf of myself and all members of the United States Coast Guard."