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America's oldest veterans meet in Austin

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World War II veterans are becoming harder to find. So when you have two veterans, both 107 years old, in the same city, it’s a special event.

On Friday, the two oldest living U.S. veterans met for the first time and had lunch together right here in Austin.

"I'm not that old,” veteran Elmer Hill said.”I've just been here a long time."

Hill is just three months younger than Richard Overton of East Austin. Overton has been on TVs and newspapers across the country for the better part of the year.

Overton took an honor flight to the WWII memorial in D.C. this summer and even met the president. Hill is about to make the same trip.

"Enjoy yourself and try to think of everything you see when you come back so you can remember where you've been," Overton said.

This pair is creating a buzz because they've been part of so much history. From witnessing World War I, to serving during Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima and Okinawa--all eyes are on two men who have seen it all.

"I'm glad to be here but I wasn't expecting to create this kind of activity," Hill said.

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell joined the two men after their lunch. Elmer Hill leaves Saturday for his trip to Washington.

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