Dancing 97-Year Old Wisconsin WWII Veteran Will Warm Your Heart [VIDEO]
There are so many uplifting stories that have come out of the wars and conflicts our amazing veterans have been a part of over the years. On this day, Veteran's Day, we honor those who served in our armed forces and we say a well deserved "thank you" to them. I'd also like to celebrate a heartwarming video from a Midwestern veteran - one that proves we can still have uplifting stories from our veterans long after they served their country.
A 97-year old Waukesha, Wisconsin loves to dance
While this is not a brand new video, it's still very much worth sharing. In April 2020, during the early days of a dark pandemic, World War II Navy pilot Chuck Franzke, then 97 years young, shared a video of himself emerging from the home he shares with his wife, and dancing to Justin Timberlake's smash hit "Can't Stop the Feeling". Like most of us, Franzke was social distancing last April and still had the urge to get up and do something. So, he did! And in doing so, he spread cheer that's worth sharing once again on this Veteran's Day 2021.
At 97, it was far from a new idea for Franzke. In 2017, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a piece on the then 95-year-old Franzke's love for movin' and groovin'. His wife, who is now in her mid 90's, is also featured.
For many of us, myself included, the thought of being cooped up at home is horrifying. Many of our seniors and veterans, had to go so long without seeing loved ones. Chuck Franzke made the best of it, and I'm sure continues to dance on this Veteran's Day.