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Community Invited to Help Owensboro Veteran Celebrate Milestone Birthday

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Community Invited to Help Owensboro Veteran Celebrate Milestone Birthday

It's a story we first told you about back in November.

44News introduced you to a World War Two Veteran--Clarence Redfern.

Clarence is now just a few days away from celebrating a milestone birthday, and the community is invited to help celebrate.

The world was a very different place 100 years ago.

Warren Harding was President, construction began on Yankee Stadium, and Amelia Earheart set the record being the first woman to fly solo above 14-thousand feet.

But it was also the year Clarence Redfern was born in the Bluegrass State.

"I'm excited, I really am," says Redfern. "I don't know what to expect anyhow, but I know I like what I see and hear and what we do."

On Wednesday, January 19th, Clarence will celebrate his 100th birthday.

A century worth of memories.

"I feel like it," says Redfern. "I feel like I'm there."

Clarence has lived an extraordinary life. He was married for 73 years, has owned nearly six barbershops, and is a World War Two Veteran. He's among the last 2,500 D-Day survivors in the world.

Redfern was drafted in his early twenties, serving in the Army for four years, overseas for 18 months, and not once was he wounded.

"I'm just trying to make him have a memorable day because you only turn 100 once," says Jessica Powell, Clarence's caretaker.

In honor of his big day, one of his caretakers is asking the community to help celebrate.

"I'm trying to get at least 100 cards or more," says Powell.

Everyone is invited to send Clarence a birthday card.

Powell says there are plans from community members to hold a drive-thru celebration on the 19th.

"I think it's the love of the Lord for one thing," says Redfern. "To serve him the way were supposed to and I gave him my life for more than 60 years and that's why he's honored me with a long life."

If you're interested in sending a card, that address is

Clarence Redfern

4312 Yewells Landing West

Owensboro, KY 42303

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