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                  • Originally posted by Gregzs View Post
                    This WWII veteran wants 100 birthday cards for his 100th birthday

                    James South is about to hit a big milestone in his life and he’s hoping others can help him celebrate by mailing him a birthday card.

                    South turns 100 on October 7 and his birthday wish is to receive 100 cards. It’s a wish his assisted living home is trying to make come true.

                    Brookdale Senior Living in Watauga, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, posted an image of South with a sign on Facebook on Friday.

                    “Hello! My name is James South and I am a proud World War II Veteran! I will be turning 100 on October 7th, 2019 and I would like to receive 100 birthday cards,” the sign reads.

                    South grew up in northeast Texas in a large family of sharecroppers, his son, Jim South, told CNN. He joined the Army in 1940 and was deployed to Normandy seven days after D-Day. During his service, his girlfriend Sophie wrote him a letter every day.

                    “They were married for 55 years until she passed in 2001,” said Jim South, who is the couple’s only child.

                    Since retiring at the age of 65, South has stayed active by woodworking, growing his garden, playing golf, and attending church, his son said. It was only last year at the age of 98 that he moved into Brookdale.

                    Jim South said he has a three-day celebration planned for his dad’s big birthday that includes playing golf, eating chicken fried steak and catfish at his favorite restaurants and spending time with his family.

                    “My dad taught me that a hug is better then a handshake,” said Jim. “And that money wasn’t the goal in life — it was happiness.”

                    South plans on hanging the cards on a wall in his room and Jim said they have already contacted the local post office about a possible increase in mail.

                    World War II veteran asked for 100 cards for his 100th birthday — he received more than 100,000

                    WATAUGA, Texas — It has been three weeks of celebration for World War II veteran James South.

                    On Monday, he celebrated his 100th birthday, and this year he had a special request — he wanted 100 birthday cards. He had no idea how many cards he would receive.

                    His story started three weeks ago when his assisted living community Brookdale Watauga posted a photo of James South's wish on Facebook.

                    Soon South's story was shared all over the world and cards started pouring in.

                    So far, his family says, the veteran has received more than 100,000 cards.

                    “To go to a store in town and pick out a card and send it to me, that’s almost more than I can handle I’ll tell ya,” South said. “It touches my heart.”

                    “We’re just crying everyday because we’re just reading all these beautiful cards,” daughter-in-law Debbie South said.

                    His son Jim says the cards have come from as far as Australia, Great Britain, and even China.

                    Schools sent cards, offering them a moment to teach students about World War II. He heard from the the governor of Texas, United States senators, even the president of the United States.

                    “Our nation owes your generation, the greatest generation, a tremendous debt of gratitude,” the letter from President Donald Trump read.

                    “The people that have gone to the store for cards, and the people who have taken the time to pen out their thoughts and their feelings, it’s just been an overwhelming and an amazing response,” son Jim said.

                    Now, as the cards continue to arrive, the family looks back on a Facebook post that started it all.

                    “Holding that sign up and grinning at the camera is exactly what started this expression and this outpouring,” son Jim South said.

                    The 100-year-old veteran is so grateful.

                    “I’m just thanking God for watching over me and keeping me healthy. There’s no telling where I’ll go from here,” James said.



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