GOOD NEWS

Stranger Pays Tribute To Late Soldier Every Day In Thoughtful Way

"It was the least I could do for him."

One veteran's legacy is being honored every single day thanks to a stranger. 

Jake Reissig, an 86-year-old from Conroe, Texas, visits his late wife Elizabeth's grave twice a day and waters the grass around it, according to a Facebook post from his son, Roger. But Jake's routine changed when, while he was watering the grave one day, he saw a woman who was crying. 

"He saw a young lady down from him kneeling at a grave and crying uncontrollably," Roger wrote in a Facebook post about his father. "Dad went down and talked with her and found that her husband had been a [staff sergeant] in the US Air Force and lost him in 2010."

The widow's husband was Staff Sgt. Joseph Villasenor, who died in a car accident, Click2Houston.com reported. After the encounter with the widow, Jake decided to water the plot around Villasenor's grave along with his wife's every day. 

Roger had shared photos of the kind gesture on Facebook, along with his father's story, last month. The kind act moved hearts across the Internet and the post ended up going viral with more than 20,000 likes and over 5,800 shares. 

"It was the least I could do for him, you know," Jake told Click2Houston.com. 

The 86-year-old, who clips a rose from his garden every day and brings it to Elizabeth's grave, initially began watering her plot this past summer, CBS News reported. He feared the weather would cause the plot to dry up. Now, with the second plot added to his daily watering duties, Jake often "chats" with the fallen soldier while watering Villasenor's area. 

His daily gesture has touched those who were closest to Villasenor. 

"It was just incredible to know that a stranger would take that much time and care for our son who he didn't even know," the late soldier's mother, Rachel Villasenor, told Click2Houston.com. 

 

Also on HuffPost: 

PHOTO GALLERY
Soldier Homecomings In The U.S.
CONVERSATIONS