Oldest surviving Tuskegee airman celebrates 102nd birthday

Preston Jowers celebrated his birthday Saturday

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – It was a day to remember at American House Senior Living community in Southfield.

Preston Jowers celebrated his 102nd birthday Saturday. He is now the oldest surviving member of the Tuskegee airmen who served with honor during World War II.

Jowers has seen amazing changes in this country over 102 years, but he said some lessons haven't changed in the century of his life.

"We as men can stick together if only we stop and think before we do," Jowers said.

Think before we do -- not many people do that any more.  Sgt. Jowers was a mechanic in the famed unit.

For all the wonderful things in his life, Jowers cites a long and loving marriage, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Is there anything that he still wants to do and see? He said there's nothing in particular because he finds a sense of wonder in every day.

"Every time I wake up in the morning and see another day that I've never seen before, that's a great experience for me. So as long as I can do that, and in my right mind, I thank God. I couldn't ask for no more," Jowers said.

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