A 92-year-old World War II veteran told one of the members of Phi Mu at the University of Southern Mississippi he had one dying wish, and a sorority house was determined to make it come true.
WDAM reports, social work intern, Jessica Moreau, met the Navy Vet while working at SouthernCare Hospice Services, then one day during a routine visit, bedridden Paul Sonnier told Moreau his final wish:
“To dance with a beautiful woman.”
So the ladies of Phi Mu decided to host a dance in his honor.
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“He’d always ask me if I wanted to go to Ropers, the local bar. He says I’ll teach you how to jitterbug and the Waltz.”
Instead, Moreau’s sorority sisters threw Sonnier “the dance of his life.” The president of the chapter, Cameron Ponder, told the station:
“We as a chapter always like to get involved with the community.
Since one of our members is a social work major at the University of Southern Mississippi, we just found this to be a great way to honor someone that has done so much for our country.”
Today, we had the opportunity to host a party for Mr. Paul, a WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, to fulfill his last wish!! We had such a great time dancing, singing, and eating lemon cookies with him!!
Sonnier was brought to the party through ambulance services on a wheeled stretcher to “dance.” He told the station:
“It feels good to be with all these beautiful women.”
Family members said the vet served in the Navy during the Pearl Harbor attack. His daughter Ida Sonnier said:
“What we appreciate the most is that our greatest generation member, my father, is happy that this younger generation appreciates everything that he did and sacrificed so they can sit here and have fun and have the freedoms that they have.”
Sonnier was presented with the Military Challenge coin from the University of Southern Miss Center for Military Veteran’s Affairs.
His loved ones said it was a night to remember.