When Sue Morse took to the Facebook page of a motorcycle club she rides with, it was with a simple request: She wanted the group's members to send birthday cards to her World War II veteran father ahead of his 97th birthday on Dec. 30.
Morse expected maybe a hundred cards to arrive. Instead, her father, Duane Sherman, received more than 50,000 letters from well-wishers in all 50 states, reports the Orange County Register.
Few people outside of military and veterans circles will likely recognize the name T. Moffatt Burriss, but the Army veteran's stories of valor and heroism during World War II were the stuff every infantryman's dreams are made of.
Candice Easton was worried that no one would come to her father's memorial service, but thanks to media coverage and social media attention of the late World War II veteran, more than 100 people came to pay their respects on Saturday.
"Our stories are important to others. We are all connected. We all feel compassion. Your compassion, for me, will impact me for the rest of my life," Easton told attendees of the service in honor of her father, Pfc. Cornelius Cornelssen VIII, who died Dec. 17 at age 93, according to The Gainesville Times.