It has been three weeks of celebration for World War II veteran James South. 

On Monday, he celebrated his 100th birthday, and this year he had a special request —  he wanted 100 birthday cards. He had no idea how many cards he would receive.

His story started three weeks ago when his assisted living community Brookdale Watauga posted a photo of James South's wish on Facebook. 

Soon South's story was shared all over the world and cards started pouring in.

So far, his family says, the veteran has received more than 100,000 cards. 

“To go to a store in town and pick out a card and send it to me, that’s almost more than I can handle I’ll tell ya,” South said. “It touches my heart.”

“We’re just crying everyday because we’re just reading all these beautiful cards,” daughter-in-law Debbie South said. 

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