Louis Strickland turns 100 Friday April 24

Friday, April 24, 2020 10:19 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

North Little Rock Veteran turns 100

An Arkansas World War II veteran will turn 100 Friday, (April 24.) and his celebration will be live streamed.

A party for Louis Strickland, a resident in the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs North Little Rock Veterans Home, is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. at his home. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, his family and friends won’t be allowed to attend, so the nursing home will Facebook-live his birthday celebration beginning at 11:30 a.m. The celebration is scheduled to include a surprise from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Strickland, a Little Rock native, was a mechanic on the Douglas A-26 Invader during his Army Air Corps service.

The Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock Facebook page link is

https://www.facebook.com/ASVHNLR/

“According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the men and women who fought in the war are now in their late 80s and 90s with an average of 362 dying every day, said David Barker, Nursing Home Division Director, Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock.  “Mr. Louis Strickland is one of

the most distinguished 100-years young WWII vets that I’ve ever met. He is humble, and I can attest that the most important things to him are his family, God, and his country. He can sit and talk about all three for hours. Despite COVID – 19, I believe it is important to him and his family that we memorialize this event in the most dynamic and creative ways possible.”

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