93-Year-Old Veteran Takes 3 Buses Almost Every Day To Visit Wife's Grave


Thursday, December 20th 2018, 3:56 pm
By: News 9


Ted Richardson, 93, is showing the world true love exists. Nearly every day, the WWII veteran takes three buses from his apartment in Waikiki to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where his wife, Florence, is buried. 

Richardson tends to his wife's grave, trimming the grass around it and brushing leaves off. He said it's the least he can do for his beloved late wife, who took care of him for 72 years.

"I always tell her when I go up there, 'Payback time,'" Richardson told CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV.

He makes the long trip to the cemetery six days a week — no matter the weather — and is often the first visitor there, arriving just after the gates open at 6:30 a.m.

Richardson said he was 16 and Florence was just 14 when they met. "I was standing in the hall. The classes were changing and I saw a beautiful girl," he said. "I went home and told my dad that night I saw the girl I was going to marry."

The couple from Pennsylvania was temporarily separated when Richardson fought in WWII. He took Florence's photo with him everywhere. 

"She was beautiful. I didn't mind looking at her all the time," Richardson said. 

When the Marine returned home, he and Florence got married. She worked for the FBI and he became a school teacher. Together, they had a son.

 

 

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