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102-year-old WWII veteran Millie Bailey skydives: Our one assurance against fear

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A 102-year-old World War II Army veteran is still working on her “bucket list” but now has one less item to worry about.  

Inspired by late President George H.W. Bush, Vivian “Millie” Bailey went skydiving this past Sunday. The former president made the leap at the age of ninety. “I was inspired by the fact that he did it,” Millie said. “The fact that a person at that age could do the jump.” 

During the filming of a show featuring her life, Millie was asked if there was one thing she would like to do that she hasn’t had the chance to accomplish. “You are not going to believe it,” she laughed. “The thing I’d like to do is do a parachute jump like President Bush did.”

The production company decided to help her realize her dream.

As was the case with President Bush, a skydiving instructor jumped out of the plane with Millie, holding onto her during the descent. 

After her safe landing, Millie said, “I was scared for one minute, it felt like I was tumbling and then I thought, somebody is holding onto me.”  

An age-defying spirit

I have no desire to go skydiving. That is not on my bucket list.  

But, Millie is amazing in other ways that inspire me.  

Even as a centenarian, Millie works on care packages for soldiers overseas. Her nephew estimates she has sent over fourteen tons of packages to service members all over the world.  

I have a mother-in-law with that age-defying spirit.  

At the age of eighty-nine, she delivers meals to elderly people in her town. Along with Millie, she is from what is known as the “Greatest Generation,” those who grew up during the great depression and World War II.  A persevering generation 

During one of the most divisive election years in history and a pandemic that has transformed our lives, we can learn from this generation.  

They watched their world go through hard changes due to an economic collapse and a world war and…

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