Ever since his wife died last year, 86-year old Jake Reissig has visited her grave site every day, bringing a single rose – something he did often during their 65 years of marriage.
But this summer, with Texas in a severe drought, he added something else to his daily ritual. When the the grass around his wife’s grave was turning brown and dying, Reissig brought a hose and started watering it.
One day, the Conroe resident noticed a young woman kneeling down and crying beside the grave of her late husband, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
“After they talked and shared stories, she thanked him and left,” Reissig’s son Roger posted on Facebook. “Dad decided to honor this soldier and start watering his grass along with Mom’s daily. He does it every day. He said it is the least he can do for him after all that he sacrificed for us.”
When the parents of the fallen soldier, who was named Joseph Villasenor, later saw how Reissig was tending the grass of their son’s grave, they couldn’t believe a stranger could be so kind and hugged him standing alongside the two green plots.
Reissig doesn’t consider the soldier to be a stranger anymore. He talks to “Joe” every day while he waters —a simple act of compassion that has touched a veteran’s family and made an old man’s son even more proud of his father.
(WATCH the video from KPRC below) Photo: Robert Reissig, Facebook
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