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What do you want for Valentine’s Day?

And what can you do on the day?

For some it’s a day to celebrate and reaffirm the power of love and life.

For others it’s a day to be ignored - a painful reminder of what’s been lost over the years.

Here’s a couple of stories of love and loss from older people to reflect on.

Major Bill White (104), USA

In the USA, a 104-year-old US Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II is asking people to send him cards for Valentine's Day.

CNN tells us that Major Bill White, from California, has had a lifetime full of unforgettable experiences. He has collected objects and filled scrapbooks to remind him of special memories which he keeps on a bookshelf organised by year.

But now, the young-spirited veteran wants to expand his collection of memories, and he's asking the public to help by sending him a card this Valentine's Day.

"I'll save every one of them like I've been saving little things that have come up until right now and they'll be a personal part of my history," White told his local TV station.

Harry (91), UK

He knew as soon as he saw his wife that he loved her. He says: “I enjoyed my marriage. Every day was a happy day for me. It wasn’t until she died my happiness died. I have never really been happy again.”

Harry’s story, reported in The Guardian, is one of several stories which were part of an exhibition celebrating the older generation and their universal and timeless experiences of love.

Harry and his wife, who met his wife at the age of 16, used to dance around their living room together: “It wasn’t dancing really, it was more shuffling and she would have her head on my shoulder. My daughter came in and caught us a few times dancing like that. We would also hold hands having a cup of tea.

“That was me and my wife, we adored each other. I would kiss her all the time... When she died I felt as though she put a dagger in my heart and it is still there. I sit on my own and I think about her.”

More stories like this one can be read here.

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