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Flyers grant 104-year-old Marine's request for Valentine's Day card

All players, coaches signed names, well wishes on greeting sent to veteran

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

For guys who spend so much time on ice, the Philadelphia Flyers sure know how to warm hearts.

Maj. Bill White, a 104-year-old US Marine Corps veteran from Stockton, California, made headlines this week when he made a public request for Valentine's Day cards.

"I'll save every one of them like I've been saving little things that have come up until right now and they'll be a personal part of my history," White told KTXL-TV in Sacramento.

The Flyers decided to get in on the fun and get a big card that read, "You're very special," with Flyers logos included in the usual red and pink Valentine's Day motif.

Inside are signatures from every player and coach, and general manager Chuck Fletcher. The message reads, "Valentine's Day is a good time to remind special people that they're loved -- And you are … Very much. Happy Valentine's Day."

White earned a Purple Heart for surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. He spent 30 years on active duty and was removed the battlefield because of his injuries. 

He loves scrapbooking because it helps him keep track of the special moments in his life, though he'll probably need more than just a scrapbook for all the cards he's likely to receive. 

Anyone looking to send White a Valentine's Day card can send it to:

Operation Valentine
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207

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