U.S. Love: 104-Year-Old Veteran Gets 70,000 Valentines
Following a social media plea to acquire Valentine cards for a 104-year-old World War II veteran, Americans delivered big.
Bill White, 104, who served with the U.S. Marines during World War II, resides at an assisted living home in Stockton, Calif.
Last month, workers there organized a campaign to give him a giant basket of Valentine’s Day cards – inviting anyone to send him one.
Guess what? It worked.
White received over 70,000 letters from across America, including all 50 states, plus some from around the world, according to Reuters.
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“It’s just too fantastic,” White told Reuters.
Since organizers never expected such a massive, viral response, White’s family recruited volunteers to help open and read the cards, according to Reuters.
Many of the cards thanked White for his service. Others used the moment to thank veterans in general.
White enlisted with the Marine Corps in 1934, which makes him America’s oldest living Marine.
He was stationed at Pearl Harbor from 1936-1937 and later survived the Battle of Iwo Jima, for which he received a Purple Heart.