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04th Mar 2014

Video: Runners in San Jose race stop to pay spontaneous tribute to 95-year old war veteran

This one will get you right in the feels.

Conor Heneghan

This one will get you right in the feels.

There was a very touching moment during an eight-kilometre charity race in San Jose on Sunday when a number of the runners taking part took time out to shake the hand of Joe Bell, a 95-year old war veteran who had been cheering on the competitors from a watching berth on the side of the road while clad in his army uniform.

The annual race is staged in association with the Pat Tillman Foundation, which funds scholarships for military veterans and their spouses and is named in memory of Pat Tillman, a former American Football player in the NFL who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004.

Bell, who fought in World War II, certainly wasn’t seeking any attention but seemed genuinely humbled by the tributes paid to him by the passing runners in what was an entirely spontaneous yet hugely emotional gesture by all involved.

We think there’s something in our eye… those damn onions.

Hat-tip: Mashable

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