You might want to grab the tissues for this one.
Isaac “Ike” Fabela turned 100 this month, and had a very simple request to mark the occasion.
Fabela is a member of the “Greatest Generation”, and served in the armed forces during WWII, narrowly seeing action near Normandy. Many of our WWII veterans are in the 100’s club now, but all Fabela wanted for such a momentous milestone was 100 birthday cards, the Daily Wire reports.
The Michigan native was born in 1918 and served in World War II from 1944 to 1946. He nearly saw action during D-Day — he was taken off a boat bound for Normandy on June 6, 1944, his 26th birthday, one of his eight daughters, Lolie, told Fox News.
On June 6 this year, Fabela said all he wanted for his 100th birthday was 100 birthday cards. Word got out and spread like wildfire — even actor Chris Pratt got involved.
On his birthday, and in the days after, Fabela received more than 50,000 cards. “It’s impossible not to read them. He does a lot of crying,” Lolie said of her father’s reaction. “He can’t believe what some of these people have written.”
Of the tens of thousands of cards Fabela received, thanking him for his service and wishing him a very happy 100th birthday, one card stood out: a personal card from the White House.
In a very emotional video, Fabela’s daughter recorded the moment her father opened the envelope from the White House.
If the touching message and Fabela’s reaction doesn’t make you misty-eyed, I don’t know what to tell you, you just don’t have a heart.
Check it out:
The big one…😊 update please keep comments nice, dad deserves that much respect. Thank you🇺🇸👨✈️
Posted by Beyond 100, a journey with Isaac “IKE” Fabela WWII Veteran on Monday, July 30, 2018