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This is month wherein love is in the air. And, so, here's the ultimate love story we wish to tell you. A World War II veteran Norwood Thomas boarded a plane to Australia last week, to meet his then lover Joyce Morris, after 72 years. No matter where life takes you, you are bound to meet your soulmate.
Norwood was a 21-year-old paratrooper when he had met the 17-year-old British beauty Joyce, just before the D-Day. They date for a few months.
Then the war intervened and they had to part as Norwood went to Normandy.
Then they used to write letters, and he even asked Morris to travel to the US and marry him.
Young Joyce has misunderstood his letter for a confession of his love for someone else. Damn the language barrier. She stopped writing to him, after which they both eventually married other people.
Mr. Thomas' wife died in 2001, and Joyce divorced after 30 years of marriage. Joyce, all this time, hadn't forgotten about Thomas, and last year asked her son to find him out online.
His name being mentioned in this article, the two had a conversation over Skype with the help of their children. Mr. Thomas' local newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot heard about this unusual story and started out a campaign to help both the people meet. A lot of donations flew in, and Air New Zealand donated first class fares to Thomas and his son.
"I'd rather die travelling to Australia than live sitting around at home wondering 'what if?'", he said, adding, "I'm just looking forward to seeing her smile" and "giving her a squeeze."
As they embraced each other after 7 decades!
"This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me."
"We're going to have a wonderful fortnight", said Joyce laughingly, who is now struggling with her sight.