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100-year old veteran drive-by birthday parade Saturday


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Jack Orr, a World War II veteran and retired Mitchell High School teacher, turns 100 years old next Tuesday. Family, friends, and local residents are celebrating Orr Saturday with a drive-by-birthday parade.

The parade begins at Mitchell High School's north parking lot at 11:45 am and ends at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. There will be a drop-off area in front of the school, where attendees can drive by and wave to Orr.

The Colorado Springs Police Department will be handling traffic control, and anyone is invited to join the festivities.

Orr was born November 24th, 1920 in Paducah, Kentucky. He entered the United States Army Air Corps in June 1940. Served as an aircraft mechanic, crew chief, aerial engineer, and maintenance supervisor during World War II. Served one year in the South Pacific area in 1945. Orr retired after 26 years of Air Force service in August 1966 as an E-8 SMSGT.

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  1. Any World War II Veteran, with 26 years military service for our country, who was then a High School teacher, deserves a lot of credit and gratitude from every American.
    I wish him well in anticipation of his actual 100th birthday on Tuesday.

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