LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A veteran who fought every day during World War II got help celebrating another major milestone Monday.

Ernest Micka just turned 100 years old, and his family wanted to honor him on his birthday at a local Moose Lodge.

Micka was drafted a year before the war started. He was due to head home in February of 1942, but Pearl Harbor, which had happened just a few months earlier, changed everything.  

Micka says part of his secret to living so long, is never smoking, but that's not all. 

"You've got to do something every day you get out of bed, and to this day, I make sure something gets done in the house or around the house," Micka said. "But I always say leave a little for tomorrow."

Another celebration for family and friends is planned for later this month.

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