Elderly Man from Texas Waters Fallen Soldier’s Grave …Respect, Honor, and Grace

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Jake Reissig is nothing but an average man. He does the usual things and enjoys the average pleasures in life. However, Reissig is anything but ordinary, because his actions prove that he is more than the normal dude you think he is.

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Jake Reissig has had the same daily routine for the past year and a half: the 86-year-old attends mass every morning. He then meets one of his nine children for coffee after church. After having a cup of coffee, he goes back to his house, walks over to his rose garden, and takes a single rose with him. He then goes to the cemetery to visit the plot of Elizabeth, his wife of 65 years, with the rose in his hands.

“She was beautiful to him,” his son Roger told CBS News. “And he always recalls how Liz (as how Jake always called his wife) was always ‘dressed to the tee.'”

Jake Reissig waters the grass around his wife’s gravestone

The widower needed a place to go talk to her, so he simply did the same thing they did when they were still together—bring her a rose every single day.

With Texas facing a severe drought, the Conroe resident was worried the grass around his wife’s plot would dry up this summer. He took a hose and watered the lawn around her stone twice a day, whenever the grass started to turn crispy and brown, and that became a new part of his routine without him even knowing it.

One time, while Jake was watering the grass around Elizabeth’s plot, he noticed a young woman kneeling down and crying. So, he went to where she was and comforted her. He soon discovered that her brother had been a staff sergeant in the US Air Force and that she lost him in 2010.

Reissig then added another task to his daily routine: make sure the grass is also green on Joseph Villasenor‘s plot, the fallen soldier the mourning woman was talking about.

“He’s just a giving person. When I saw it, I just couldn’t believe it,” said Roger, who occasionally tags along with his dad to water the lawn.

The Villasenor’s family member couldn’t believe their eyes when they visited his grave. Roger said, “They thought it was a miracle.”

The two graves surrounded by bright green grass in Conroe, Texas

Reissig immediately received a warm hug from Villasenor’s parents when they visited their son’s grave and spotted the widower.

“Do you want to water it?” Reissig asked the soldier’s mother as he turned to her. Then she took the hose with tears in her eyes.

Roger said, “They couldn’t believe a stranger would do that for him.”

However, Reissig does not consider himself a stranger. Every day while he waters the grass, he has a little chat with “Joe”.

Roger said, “The way dad treated mom and all of us, it’s not a surprise.”

When Roger posted his dad’s story on Facebook, hundreds commented on it, while thousands shared it. One user said, “Your mom and dad’s romance is not over.” Another one commented, “What a beautiful tribute.”

“They’re right, it was a storybook,” Roger said.

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