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Do You Think You Could Do This When You’re 93?

One of the things that amazes me is when elderly people perform in ways unimaginable.  This is one such time:

Take note of Jim’s last remark in this video.  Unfortunately, you will have to wait for the advertisement to finish, first.

Normandy, France (CNN) — Jim “Pee Wee” Martin acted like he’d been here before, like jumping from a plane is as easy as falling off a log.

Maybe that’s because he had — 70 years ago.

“I’m feeling fine,” Martin told reporters moments after landing in a French field.  “It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”

Martin was part of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division that parachuted down over Utah Beach in their bid to retake France and, eventually, the rest of Europe from Nazi Germany. They actually touched down in enemy-controlled territory a night before what’s referred to as D-Day.

 His jump Thursday in the same area was different and — despite his being 93 years old now — a whole lot easier.

“It didn’t (compare),” Martin said, “because there wasn’t anybody shooting at me today.”

Good for you, Jim.  You’ve put some sunshine into my day today.  There’s hope for us all!!