Veteran Turning 100-Years-Old Shares His Birthday Wish And It Goes Viral Overnight
Nov 6th, 2019
How many people do you know who celebrated their 100th birthday? Pretty sure not everyone has the chance to know someone who was able to surpass this age. If you have, there is no doubt you will do everything to make their birthday wish come true.
James South, a World War II Veteran from Watauga is hoping that everyone would consider his birthday wish – to receive 100 birthday cards for his 100th birthday!
He said, “It would give me a feeling that I am recognized for what I do, what I am. And I would cherish it forever.”
South is now residing at a retirement home in Watauga. He never lived here until he was 98 years old. His son Jim shared that his dad was so focused on sharing and teaching everything that he learned.
Jim is glad that he is one of the benefactors of his teachings. He added, “He had served in World War II back in the 40s, had been in Normandy about seven days after the D-Day invasion so he got to see an awful lot. ”
Souths’ family is hoping that people would be able to give back to this man who has given the world so much.
South loves cards and letters even when he was still serving in World War II. he said, “I had a girlfriend that had been true to me and she had written me a letter. I was gone for four years, and she had written me a letter every day that I was gone.
” This girlfriend eventually became his wife and they were married for 55 years. His retirement home recently posted a picture of him holding a sign that is asking for birthday cards for his dad to help celebrate his birthday.
The sign reads:
“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.”
Jim is hoping that people would be able to give a little love back for all the love that his dad has shown for so many years.
You might wonder what South will do with all these birthday cards? He said that he wants to hang all of these letters on the wall of his room. Maybe to bring back the memories of his wife, Sophie, who passed away in 2001.
James’ birthday is on October 7th. Even before his birthday, he was overwhelmed by the attention that he got from hundreds of people, thanking him for his service and of course, wishing him a happy birthday. A Houston area school, Harmony School of Endeavor, decided to work together to make his birthday a memorable one. Students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade will be participating to make this the best birthday for James.
They are mailing out their cards in time to surprise James on his 100th birthday!
Those who serve the military are heroes. The sacrifices that they have done for our country are unfathomable. A lot of people can learn from their experiences in life. Being a veteran is something that James and his family should be proud of. Like James, everyone deserves love and attention at least on their birthday.