Auburn Centenarian and Veteran honored by Alabama State Legislature

AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – Auburn’s cherished centenarian and veteran, Ambers Hanson, is receiving commendations from the Alabama State Legislature for his unwavering dedication to serving his country, community, and family. In a heartfelt proclamation, Representatives Chad Robertson and Joe Louvurn extended their highest praises to Hanson, highlighting his remarkable personal and professional achievements throughout his lifetime.

Representative Chad Robertson expressed admiration for Hanson’s perseverance, stating, “Just the amount of determination he exhibited, going through two wars and stopping school twice – the grit of that is truly remarkable.”

Hanson’s journey of service began in 1942 when he left high school to serve as a radio operator on B-17 and B-24 aircraft during World War II. Despite facing adversity, including surviving a plane crash and participating in 25 bombing missions over Europe, Hanson returned to complete his education, earning a degree in agricultural economics from Auburn University.

Reflecting on his experiences, Hanson emphasized the importance of education in fostering understanding, cooperation, and care for others and the country. “And education helps all of us to understand and to cooperate and care for each other as we care for our country,” he said.

Throughout his life, Hanson’s most cherished achievement has been his 71-year marriage to his beloved wife, Jean, whom he credits as the best thing that ever happened to him. “She is the best thing that ever happened in my life. I’ve had some good things and bad things – and this is the best one. I love her very much – and I love him very much too and after 71 years I can say that with all sincerity,” said Jean Hanson alongside her husband.

As Hanson approaches his 101st birthday in July, he shares his advice for a fulfilling life: “Have respect and love for each other.” His remarkable story of resilience, sacrifice, and love serves as an inspiration to all.

In addition to the legislative proclamation, Hanson’s contributions are being celebrated by the Auburn community. Hanson’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations, reminding us of the importance of service, education, and love in building a better world.

For those interested in hearing more about Hanson’s extraordinary life, a YouTube video featuring the World War II veteran describing his experiences is available for viewing.

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