Reduced to tears, Marines honor woman for simple acts of kindness (Video)

Overcome with emotion, Nancy Wilde accepts her gift from Marines.
Overcome with emotion, Nancy Wilde accepts her gift from Marines.

Nancy Wilde never expected any recompense for what she considered small acts of decency and kindness in a world that isn’t always decent or kind, but thanks is what she got from an unexpected source, as reported by the Wausau Daily Herald (of Wisconsin) on Dec. 14, 2013.

Started just a handful of years ago, 74-year-old Wilde of Merrill, Wisconsin started sending Christmas cards to troops stationed around the globe, many of whom are in their first hitch in the Armed Forces and away from home for the first time in their lives.

Little did anyone realize at the time did those first handful of cards would eventually total well over 2,400 and counting, along with recognition and thanks from the United States Marine Corps.

When her granddaughter served overseas a few years ago, she made the decision to get the names and addresses of servicemen listed at the office of the Wausau Daily Herald, and as they say, the rest is history.

Catching her by surprise at the Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center, Nancy expected just an easygoing night of playing bingo with friends, but instead was honored by over two dozen family members as well as two Sergeants of Marines.

Reducing her to tears, the Marines honored Nancy with an American flag that had flown over the US-led ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as a personal note of thanks from the Yank Commanding General in country (see video).

After the emotional presentation, the woman-of-the-hour stated, “I enjoy writing to servicemen. I know they’re 50 years younger than I am, but I’m sure when they’re off duty, they like mail from home, no matter where it is (from).”

In her own hand, Nancy sends the following personal note on every card she posts:

Dear American hero,

God bless you for serving our country. Because of you, your sacrifices, your courage, your bravery and valor, you protected our freedoms.

Love, Nancy.

5 thoughts on “Reduced to tears, Marines honor woman for simple acts of kindness (Video)

  1. I’m glad that this happened, but everyone seems to forget all the others, including myself who spent upwards of $8000 sending troops things they need and asked for when this whole war started.
    Acknowledgement was not the reason for doing it, it was the love that me and so many hundreds other that don’t have families had for these brave young men and woman. Their letters were like letters from families and I didn’t mind sending the Nutter Butters, or Root Beer etc. I was lucky I didn’t lose any of my “children” over there

    Please no response or recognition is wanted this is just for informational purposes

    1. Thanks, you took the words out of my mouth. If she didn’t want recognition; what’s she whining about? Good grief!

  2. as a recipient of similiar efforts by civilians showing support for deployed troops, I want to thank you all for the last ten years of your support. Your selfless efforts enabled me to enjoy bits of home during two deployments to Iraq. From being able to nibble on food to conducting personal hygeine, your gifts of love and support were and are truly awesome.

  3. God bless this wonderful lady and bless all our troops whereever they are. As a veteran, I know what it is like to be seperated from family, especially in these special holiday times. I want to send a belated happy Thanksgiving to our service men and women. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May you all return home to your families soon. God bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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