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Weird News Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old in tribute to military veterans

04:55  12 february  2020
04:55  12 february  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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William White, a 104 - year - old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, 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.

Major Bill White, a 104 - year - old Marine veteran who fought and was injured in the World War Two battle for Iwo Jima, reads through Valentine 's Day For those sending Valentines , White represents something bigger than himself. Many of them have conveyed a deep appreciation not only to White for

a man and a woman sitting on a table: Major Bill White sits among thousands of Valentine's Day cards with his great granddaughters in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White sits among thousands of Valentine's Day cards with his great granddaughters in Stockton

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Major Bill White reads through Valentine’s Day cards with his great granddaughters at his home in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White reads through Valentine’s Day cards with his great granddaughters at his home in Stockton

STOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) - William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, 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.

a store filled with lots of different types of food: Thousands of Valentine's Day cards sent to Major Bill White hang at the community dining room at his assisted living facility in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Thousands of Valentine's Day cards sent to Major Bill White hang at the community dining room at his assisted living facility in Stockton

The cards and notes to "Major Bill," a retired major who lives in an assisted living facility in Stockton, California, began pouring in after a fellow resident launched a social media campaign called "Operation Valentine," asking friends and strangers alike to send greetings to honor White.

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William White, a 104 - year - old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, is celebrating Valentine 's Day this year like never For those sending Valentines , White represents something bigger than himself. Many of them have conveyed a deep appreciation not only to White for

At the outset, the goal was a modest 100 cards - about one for every one of White's birthdays - but the response has outstripped all expectations.

a person wearing a black hat: Major Bill White sits for a portrait at his home where he is soliciting cards for Valentine's Day in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White sits for a portrait at his home where he is soliciting cards for Valentine's Day in Stockton

At the outset, the goal was a modest 100 cards - about one for every one of White's birthdays - but the response has outstripped all expectations.

a living room filled with furniture and a table: Thousands of Valentine's Day cards sent to Major Bill White hang in the community dining room at his assisted living facility in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Thousands of Valentine's Day cards sent to Major Bill White hang in the community dining room at his assisted living facility in Stockton

"It's just too fantastic," said White, surrounded by waist-high stacks of postal boxes filled with cards.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Mary Huston, daughter of Major Bill White, sorts through Valentine’s Day cards at White’s home in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Mary Huston, daughter of Major Bill White, sorts through Valentine’s Day cards at White’s home in Stockton

On a recent day, White's great-granddaughter Abigail Sawyer, 9, delivered a bundle of cards from her fourth grade class, many of them decorated with the American flag.

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a group of people sitting at a table: Major Bill White reads through Valentine’s Day cards with his great granddaughters at his home in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White reads through Valentine’s Day cards with his great granddaughters at his home in Stockton

A week before Valentine's Day, which lands on Friday this year, at least 70,000 pieces of correspondence had arrived from people in every U.S. state and several foreign countries.

a group of people in a room: Major Bill White sits among thousands of Valentine’s Day cards at his home in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White sits among thousands of Valentine’s Day cards at his home in Stockton

So much mail has been delivered that White's family has had to enlist volunteers to help open the cards and read the warm wishes to White, who retired after 35 years of active service, including time in the Pacific theater of WWII, when he was wounded at Iwo Jima.

a group of people in uniform: Major Bill White plays with a bear sent to him for Valentine’s Day with his great granddaughter Abigail Sawyer, 9 years old, in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White plays with a bear sent to him for Valentine’s Day with his great granddaughter Abigail Sawyer, 9 years old, in Stockton

For those sending Valentines, White represents something bigger than himself. Many of them have conveyed a deep appreciation not only to White for his service, but to all veterans who died too soon to hear their gratitude.

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Boxes containing thousands of Valentine’s Day cards sent to Major Bill White at his home in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Boxes containing thousands of Valentine’s Day cards sent to Major Bill White at his home in Stockton

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.

Major Bill White points to an iconic photograph depicting the raising of the United States flag atop Mount Suribachi at his home in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White points to an iconic photograph depicting the raising of the United States flag atop Mount Suribachi at his home in Stockton

"I miss him so much," she wrote. "By sending you this card, I feel as though I am sending my grandfather a card."

Major Bill White speaks at his home where he is soliciting cards for Valentine's Day in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White speaks at his home where he is soliciting cards for Valentine's Day in Stockton

It's all new to White, who said he never really celebrated Valentine's Day, even when his wife of 42 years was alive.

a close up of a newspaper: Major Bill White displays his memorabilia at his home where he is soliciting cards for Valentine's Day in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White displays his memorabilia at his home where he is soliciting cards for Valentine's Day in Stockton

"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."

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Reporter: 104 - YEAR - OLD marine veteran major bill white didn’t know what to expect You can do some -- semper fi or semper fidelis. A Stockton veteran is getting an outpouring of love from kids more than 2, 000 miles away.Friends of U.S. Marine Corps Maj.

A 104 - year - old US Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II is asking people to send him cards for Valentine 's Day. Maj. Bill White, a California native, has had a lifetime full of unforgettable experiences. He has collected objects and filled scrapbooks to remind him of special memories which

a man wearing a hat: Major Bill White sits among thousands of Valentine’s Day cards at his home in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Major Bill White sits among thousands of Valentine’s Day cards at his home in Stockton

(Writing by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Frank McGurty and Chizu Nomiyama)

a person sitting on a bed: Abigail Sawyer, 9-year-old great granddaughter of Major Bill White, reads Valentine’s Day cards in Stockton © Reuters/KATE MUNSCH Abigail Sawyer, 9-year-old great granddaughter of Major Bill White, reads Valentine’s Day cards in Stockton

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