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World War II Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

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Some people say that birthdays aren't anything special. That they're just another day.

That wasn't the case on Sunday as Sheridan Layman celebrated his 100th birthday.

"It's amazing really. You know I've got so much to be thankful for what he's done for me, and what he's done for the country and his life after that," said his son, Charles Layman.

Layman is a World War II Veteran. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 16 years old and served for 13 years. The things that he battled through makes him a survivor and makes this day even more important.

"When you put all those things together it is important to celebrate the fact that he's just here. Whatever his age might be," said nephew, Roy Layman.

The family was overwhelmed at the amount of people who showed up to celebrate. They said it just shows what kind of man Layman is.

"You would expect family members to show up, but there's a lot of people here who aren't family members blood related. They might consider themselves family members because the kind of guy he is, but it is important to have that kind of recognition. Just a good life and a good person," Roy Layman said.

Charles Layman said, "He was very supportive and one of the things he sacrificed was for me to go to school and I really appreciate that."

His son said he's honored to be able to come to West Virginia and celebrate this occasion with his father.

Layman wants to cherish this birthday with his friends and family and hopes they can celebrate many more in the future.

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