Opelousas veteran celebrates 100th birthday

One Opelousas veteran celebrated a big milestone Wednesday, his 100th birthday.

Wilson Robertson retired Army Private First Class, enlisted at the age of 25 and served for four years.

When asked what his secret to such a long life was, Robertson quoted a verse from the bible.

“Honor your mother and your father that your days may be longer than the land in which God gives to thee,”

His grandson, Kirk Robertson, Jr., said he’s lucky to still have his grandfather around to share his experiences, “It’s amazing. He always has a story to tell us. He always knows what to do and how to do it,” said Robertson.

Robertson said his fondest memory in his 100 years of life is watching Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march for peace and equality, “He was nonviolence. He was just walking, just walking and God was walking with him,”

He also reflected on his time in the army.

Holding the memory of coming home close to his heart, “When I made it back to the states, I kissed the ground,”

Every day he lives his life by the golden rule which he told KLFY’s Jazmin Thibodeaux, “Treat everybody like you want to be treated. Don’t mistreat anybody. I don’t care who they are or where they came from, don’t mistreat anyone,”

Robertson who is still very independent drove himself from Melville to Opelousas and said he hopes to live until he’s 120-years-old.

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