Trump sends birthday wish to 105-year-old veteran

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Last week, Dennis Michael Lynch attended a special birthday party for a man named Ray Chavez — the oldest living survivor of Pearl Harbor. Chavez turned 105. The celebration was held in San Diego.

Although President Trump could not attend the event, he did send Chavez a letter. According to a family representative of Chavez, Barack Obama is the only living president who did not send Chavez a birthday note of some kind.

President Trump wished Chavez a happy birthday from both himself and Melania and wrote at the bottom of his letter, “Keep going!”

The president also expressed the following:

“From your humble beginning in San Bernardino, California, to the front lines of Pearl Harbor, your undaunted courage, love of country, and unwavering commitment to freedom earned you the eternal respect and gratitude of the American people.”

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During the White House press briefing on Thursday, Sean Spicer told reporters:

“Our nation owes Mr. Chavez’s generation, and he, a great debt of gratitude for the legacy of liberty and freedom around the world, fighting to ensure security and prosperity for millions. We all extend our warm wishes to Ray and his family as they celebrate his 105th.”

Spicer added, “The president signed the letter, wishing he hopes [Chavez] to have several more birthdays to come.”

Watch Spicer’s briefing to the press:

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