Spontaneous Tribute to WWII Veteran Goes Viral on Internet - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Spontaneous Tribute to WWII Veteran Goes Viral on Internet

Posted: Updated:

He still fits into his World War II uniform, even though he's 95 years old now.  And he still draws attention when he sometimes wears that uniform to the local San Jose senior center or on Veterans day.  But apparently even Joe Bell was surprised by what happened last weekend as he donned the uniform to sit out on his sidewalk to cheer on runners competing in a local road race that pays tribute to fallen Army Ranger Pat Tillman, a native of San Jose.

It started slowly, but then grew, as runner after runner left the street to stop briefly and shake the hand of the man who fought for our country more than 50 years ago; a spontaneous sharing of kindness, gratitude and  patriotism.

Those moments were captured by  San Jose Mercury reporter  Julia Prodis-Sulek who dashed out with a video camera to capture the sweet moment.

  • Share ThisMore>>

  • Venice Lightning Strike Survivor Meets His Rescuers

    Venice Lightning Strike Survivor Meets His Rescuers

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:48:58 GMT
    A month and a day has passed since the fatal lightning strike suddenly hit the shore off Venice Beach, hospitalizing about a dozen people. One of the most critically injured patients was reunited with his rescuers by the Venice Pier Thursday.
    A month and a day has passed since the fatal lightning strike suddenly hit the shore off Venice Beach, hospitalizing about a dozen people. One of the most critically injured patients was reunited with his rescuers by the Venice Pier Thursday.
  • Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

    Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

    Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.
    Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.
  • National Dog Day: Send Us Your Pup Pics

    National Dog Day: Send Us Your Pup Pics

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:17:59 GMT
    The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the US that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.
    The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the US that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices