Loren Wade is a living reminder of what America used to be – to a set of values that far too many have forsaken.
At 103 years old, Loren still goes to work 5 days a week – at the same WalMart he’s worked at since he came out of retirement 32 years ago.
That’s right, he retired in his 60’s and quickly realized he was bored and needed to stay busy so he took a job at his hometown Walmart in 1982.
“I like to meet people and, being here, I get to talk to a lot of people,” Wade told TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones. “I like being occupied. I usually keep very busy, one thing or another. They see to it that I do.”
That hometown, Winfield, Kansas is where Loren has called home his entire life – except for his time fighting Nazis in World War II.
At his 103rd birthday last month, he even received a call from fellow WW2 veteran and longtime Kansas Senator Bob Dole.
“You’re an inspiration for me. I turned 92 on Wednesday. Maybe I’ll catch you one of these days,” Senator Dole told Loren.
In celebration of Wade’s big day and in honor of his time in the Air Force, Wal-Mart is donating $125,000 to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial.
“I appreciate getting to be old and being recognized, but like I say, I’m still just a normal human being,” Wade said on TODAY. “I just happen to have been lucky enough to still be here.”
Thank you for your service – and your example to a new generation, Mr. Wade.