WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023

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RESERVE— Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home resident Erna Buckle joined the 100 and above elite group on Wednesday, June 21.

Buckle celebrated a wonderful 100th sunflower themed birthday party surrounded by her admirers and loved ones. She was also sent many lovely cards and sweet messages for her special day. Robbie Matherne serenaded the residents with his vocals and acoustics for the party featuring songs from Elvis Presley and other artists. She received a surprise visit from Sheriff Mike Tregre and his officers, who sang happy birthday to her and presented a blanket with the sheriff’s office logo and “Happy 100th Birthday Erna.” The American Legion Post 307 provided the vanilla and lemon filled cake for the party.

Even after the festivities Buckle admitted, “I still don’t think I’m 100!”

Buckle was born in 1923 in New Orleans, where she spent most of her life. She attended Joseph Kohn Girls High School of Commerce. She found a passion for gardening, which is where her love for sunflowers all started. Buckle was an organized lady and everything had to be neat and her way, especially at her job as bookkeeper for Russell’s Beauty Store on Canal Street in New Orleans. She later married Eddie Buckle who served in the Coast Guard in World War II.

Buckle was glad to share a birthday filled with great music, food, and time spent with friends and loved ones. She thanks all her admirers for the thoughtful cards.


— By Kallie Bourgeois