William White, is a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, and lives in an assisted living facility in Stockton, California. And he is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year like never before, surrounded by a mountain of 70,000 love letters and well-wishes sent from all over the world.
It started out as a simple effort to show the man affectionately known as “Major Bill” a little love and gather up at least one card for every year of his life. But “Operation Valentine” went viral and before they knew it his family was bringing in other volunteers to help him go through the thousands of cards and notes.
To many the Valentine’s mean more than just a simple act of kindness. A woman identified only as Jane told White that her late grandfather also fought in World War Two as a U.S. Army paratrooper. Had he lived, she said, he would be turning 100 years old this year. “I miss him so much,” she wrote. “By sending you this card, I feel as though I am sending my grandfather a card.”
It’s a love and kindness that we should all be so lucky to experience in our lives. It’s your Good News Story of the Day, which you can find here. And it’s all new to White, who said he never really celebrated Valentine’s Day, even when his wife of 42 years was alive. “It’s something I’ve never heard of or seen,” White said. “All of a sudden here, like a ton of bricks. I’m sort of speechless.”
Story and Image from Reuters.