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Oldest WWII Veteran Remembered in Museum Service

World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds a photo of him taken in 1943, as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, on Sept. 12, 2019.  Music and thoughtful tributes filled a portion of The National WWII Museum where family and friends gathered Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, to remember Lawrence Brooks, the oldest World War II veteran who died earlier this month. Brooks, who died Jan. 5, was 112.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks holds a photo of him taken in 1943, as he celebrates his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, on Sept. 12, 2019. Music and thoughtful tributes filled a portion of The National WWII Museum where family and friends gathered Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, to remember Lawrence Brooks, the oldest World War II veteran who died earlier this month. Brooks, who died Jan. 5, was 112. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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New Orleans (AP) -- Family and friends gathered at the National WWII Museum on Saturday to remember Lawrence Brooks, who was the oldest surviving World War II veteran until his death on Jan. 5 at age 112.

During the service, Brooks' flag-draped coffin was front and center. The museum's Victory Belles — who Brooks loved to hear perform — were among several to pay tribute to his life, harmoniously singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Amazing Grace.” Another soloist sang a medley of songs, including “Oh Freedom,” “America” and “Glory, Glory Hallelujah!"