This Man Just Flew 10,000 Miles to See His World War 2 Sweetheart for the First Time in 70 Years

A 93-year-old U.S Army World War II veteran made the journey of a lifetime this week. After a 10,000-mile long flight from Virginia to Australia, Norwood Thomas of Virginia Beach reunited with his wartime sweetheart today after recently reconnecting online after more than 70 years apart!

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It was a pretty epic reunion when Norwood Thomas, 93, embraced Joyce Durrant Morris, 88, his long-lost first love. The two met in England when Thomas was in the army, but when the war ended he was sent home quickly without a chance to say goodbye. He wrote to her and asked her to come to the U.S., but he says, “she misunderstood my letter”. The two split and both moved on to marriage and children, but now, as Thomas is widowed and Norris divorced, they’ve amazingly reconnected and found love once again!

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Norwood Thomas and Joyce Durrant during the time of their relationship in WWII England. Photo: ABC News

I will readily admit that tears came to my eyes as they embraced on the video above. It is truly an amazing story! The way they are beaming at each other is so incredibly heartwarming. As is what Thomas has to say about the reunion: “This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me,” he told Australia’s Channel TEN TV show “The Project.”

After Thomas and Morris’ story hit the internet, thousands of strangers contributed to fund a reunion, and Air New Zealand offered free first class airfare for Thomas and his son to fly to Adelaide, Australia, where Joyce now lives.

I don’t know about you, but I am very excited to see where this remarkable story goes. Best wishes for a wonderful reunion and time together!


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