Few years ago, a soldier named Joseph Anthony Villasenor was laid to rest at the Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe, Texas.
He was a great young man who served our country for 16 years after joining the Air Force in 1994.
As an avid softball player, he was on his way to play in a game for the Charleston Air Force Base Air Force softball League when he was tragically killed in a car accident.
He was only 36 when he passed away.
Joseph’s family regularly visited his grave, but one day, they noticed something strange.
His grave spot had been turning greener, despite the fact that there was a severe drought in the area.
In addition, the grave site seemed to be covered in more dew than the rest of the plots at the cemetery.
Eventually, Joseph’s parents found out what’s been happening at their son’s grave spot.
What they saw was nothing like they had ever imagined.
An old man was watering Joseph’s grave site, and none of the family members knew who he was.
When he finished watering Joseph’s grave, this man turned to leave. So, the family rushed after him, and asked him who he was, and why he was watering Joseph’s grave.
His name was Jake Reissig, a widower who visited his wife’s grave every day.
Because her grave was nearby Joseph’s, Jake heard Joseph’s sister crying in front of his grave.
When he learned that Joseph was a US soldier, Jake decided to pay respect and gratitude in this special way – by watering his grave spot.
So, every day, Jake showed up to the Cemetery to water two graves – his wife, and Joseph’s.
When they heard his story, Joseph’s family were stunned by Jake’s thoughtful gesture.
“It was just incredible to know that a stranger would take that much time and care for our son who he didn’t even know,” said Joseph’s mom, Rachel.
What an incredible act of kindness!