Colonel Burton Curtis celebrated his 100th birthday on Veterans Day. | News

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Colonel Burton Curtis celebrated his 100th birthday on Veterans Day.
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WESTBROOK, Maine
(NEWS CENTER) -- Veterans Day celebrates and honors Maine's service men and women, but one veteran in Westbrook had a little more attention on him Tuesday.

Burton Curtis was also celebrating his 100th birthday. Curtis was a colonel in the Air Force and a glider pilot during WWII and he also served 30 years in the reserves.

"I was lucky. I had bullets flying by me but I was lucky," said Curtis.

As a pilot he said he faced a lot of dangerous situations, but somehow managed to avoid being hit. His said sheer luck is his secret to living such a long and prosperous life.


He now lives in an assisted living facility, Avita of Stroudwater, where a celebration honored him and 14 other resident veterans.

They received coins marking their respective conflicts, and a certificate of appreciation from Gov. Paul LePage and Adjutant Gen. James Campbell.


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