I love going to the thrift store because it’s one of the places I can find rare treasures. You always go there expecting to find a needle in a pile of ordinary straw. We will always be satisfied when we find something rare or of great value.
Eileen Ortiz from Westminster, Colorado, finds an unexpected treasure at a thrift store in this clip. Not only did you find furniture. This woman found a love letter hidden in a standard envelope. She was shocked to see that the letter was dated December 29, 1944.
The letter was written by Bill Moore, a WWII soldier, to his beloved Bernady at home.
“I feel emotional because it’s a love letter! And someone should get it. It’s not mine, someone else should get it,” Ortiz told InsideEdition in 2015.
So after keeping it for six months, Ortiz turned to 7NEWS to locate the rightful owner.
Shortly after, they located Melina Gill, one of Bill and Bernadine Moore’s three children.
“I can’t believe Eileen found this,” Melina told CBS News. “Most of their meetings were through letters during the war.”
Melina said her parents first met when her mother was still in high school in Fredonia, Kansas.
The couple was married for 63 years until Bernadian died in 2010.
Bernadina kept all of Bell’s letters while serving in Patton’s Third Army in Europe.
But after Bernadine died, Bell remained in a nursing facility with the help of veterans, and eventually, the letters disappeared.
“Years and years. We can’t find them,” Melina told 7NEWS.
Therefore, receiving this letter from Ortiz “means everything.”
So that’s the only original version we have,” Melina said.
A few days before Valentine’s Day in 2015, Melina went to visit her father, now 90, at a veterans care facility in Aurora, Colorado.
That day she brought a love letter with her to present to him.
Bill was stunned and stunned when he saw the message.
“I had no way of knowing it would happen like this, and it would happen to me,” he said.
He couldn’t hold back his tears as he read the long-lost letter.
Bell read: “Dear, beloved, charismatic Bernady.” “I ran out of space, but I could have written more adjectives to describe you. You are so adorable, my dear, that I often wonder how you could be mine. I am the man luckiest in the world, you know. And you’re the reason, Bernady. Even your name sounds beautiful to me.
Bill was only 20 when he wrote this letter to Bernadina
“I love you. I think I will always love you.”
The love Bill has for Bernadina is so great there are no words to describe it.
“I loved her and she loves me. That’s all I can tell you. It hurts my heart not to be with her all the time,” he said.
The love between Bill and Bernadine Moore is still going strong after seven decades…