Isaac “Ike” Fabela, a World War II veteran from Montrose, Michigan, had one birthday wish: He wanted to receive 100 cards in celebration of his incredible milestone, which occurred on June 6 this year.
Fabela didn’t receive 100 cards — he ended up receiving tens of thousands of cards celebrating his life and his service — including a very special delivery from the White House.
A card filled with best wishes signed by President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived for him.
Fabela also received letters from various concentration camp survivors detailing their personal stories of survival — and thanking Fabela and his fellow servicemen for rescuing them roughly 80 years ago, as Fox News reported.
Military personnel and other law enforcement officials also sent Fabela their medals and flags, and some even sent him their badges in tribute and respect.
Fabela received more than 50,000 cards and packages by his birthday.
“A big, heartfelt thank-you does not express the gratitude,” Lolie, one of Fabela’s eight daughters, told Fox News through tears.
“I wish I could show everyone how thankful and gracious we are — he is so humbled by all of this.”
A Facebook video from July 30 shows Fabela opening a very special package from the White House.
The video, which has already been viewed over 1 million times, shows Fabela reading his card aloud (see the heartwarming video, below).
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Posted by Beyond 100, a journey with Isaac “IKE” Fabela WWII Veteran on Monday, July 30, 2018
“We hope your heart is filled with joy, knowing you have experienced this country’s greatest blessing: the freedom and affection of family and friends over a long, well-lived life,” he read.
Fabela was overcome with emotion after finishing the letter and seeing it was signed by the president and the first lady.
“Oh my God,” he said.
Todd Piro said on Saturday’s “Fox & Friends” that there’s a feeling within the military community that President Trump has a respect for their service not seen in past administrations, Fox News Insider reported.
“Whether or not you agree with President Trump … you have to give the man and his administration credit for what they have done for our veterans,” Piro said.