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World War II veteran in Pueblo celebrates 100 years

Posted at 6:31 PM, Nov 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 13:15:37-05

PUEBLO — Just before Veterans Day, World War II veteran Bill Barrett celebrated his 100th birthday with nearly 200 close friends and family members.

While his military service may have ended more than 70 years ago, Barrett has made it his mission to continue to look out for his fellow veterans and volunteer his time to help better the Pueblo community.

At 100 years of age, you can still find Bill spending time with veterans who are not in good health and volunteering three days each week at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum.

In fact, according to Bill, the secret to his long and storied life, is continuing to stay active.

These days, you can find him at the museum on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays working in the gift shop– engaging in a different sort of communication, “I love meeting all the people that come into the museum. I greet them when they come in and tell them goodbye when they leave.”

Recently suffering from a fall, Bill plans to take a short time off, before getting right back to his volunteer job at the museum.

On Saturday, friends and family traveled from across the country to celebrate this man who has worked so hard to serve others.

Bill's sons say that their father is already looking ahead, planning for his 105th birthday.

To learn more about Bill's story and service in the community, CLICK HERE.