WWII vet asks for 100 cards for 100th birthday


LEXINGTON, Va. (WTHR) — A World War II veteran in Virginia will soon be 100 years old, and his birthday wishlist is pretty short and sweet.

Ray Painter lives in a retirement and assisted living community in Lexington, Virginia. The community posted a photo of him on Facebook holding a sign that said, "Hi! My name is Ray Painter. I'm a WWII veteran turning 100 on May 5, 2019. I would like to be sent 100 cards!!"

Thousands of people have shared the post in just a few days, and Painter told WSLS he has already received dozens of cards.

"It's still hard to believe that I've got that many cards," Painter said.

While Painter appreciates the cards, he said he wishes his wife were still around to see them, too.

"I think about her every day," he said.

His living community is also planning to throw him a birthday party.

There is still time to send the veteran a birthday card before his big day:

Ray Painter
c/o The Mayflower
409 S. Main St.
Lexington, VA 24450

With the Facebook post already have more than 2,000 shares, hitting that 100-card goal should be easily within reach.

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