98-Year-Old Veteran Planning Next Parasailing Trip

World War II Navy Veteran, 98, looks back on a century of Christmas celebrations and her recent adventures parasailing and motorcycle riding. Next up, computer classes.


Becki Zschiedrich, AFRH, Gulfport VA Public Affairs

By Mary Kay Gominger, Chief of Community & Public Affairs, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

“Riding on the back on a motorcycle with my son is one of my fondest memories of Christmas day.”

Actually, a rather tame activity for Navy Veteran Marion Ritchie who went parasailing on her 98th birthday this past summer.

Ritchie will be enjoying Christmas dinner this week at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Biloxi, Mississippi. She couldn’t get all the transportation issues worked out for her…

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