LEE COUNTY, Fla.- It's a love story, sixty years in the making. An unexpected turn of events linked a Fort Myers war widow with a beloved bracelet she gave to her late husband, before he went off to battle for World War II.
It's been almost seventy years since Virginia Moore last saw her late husband.
"We were high school sweethearts," Moore said Wednesday.
The two were inseparable, that is, until Marcus "Sonny" Comer shipped off to fight in World War II.
"I gave him the bracelet and told him I would always be with him. Because I put on the back of the bracelet, 'Love, Ginny," Moore smiled.
Just one year later, Moore received a telegram.
"The Secretary of War desires me to express regret that your husband, Private Comer, Marcus L.was killed in action," Moore read from the Western Union telegram.
Ginny was left a war widow and a single mom.
"I thought my whole world had collapsed," she said tearfully.
Private Comer's personal possessions were never returned, until Ginny got a call sixty years later.
"This fella says, you know Marcus L. Comer? I said 'Oh my God, my God. What's happened to my son?," Moore recounted.
But the Belgian man was looking for a soldier- Marcus, Jr.'s dad. He found a bracelet while using a metal detector in a field fought on during the Battle of the Bulge.
"I was speechless. And of course crying. It was like a streak of lightning in the sky," Moore said.
A few weeks later, the man hand-delivered the beloved bracelet back to Ginny.
"I was so thrilled and so excited and so humbled and so emotional. To think that after fifty-nine and a half years, I now have his bracelet," Moore cried.
The remnants were made into a pin. Moore says it's a piece of jewelry and also, a piece of her heart.
"I just feel like I'm with him. That's all I know. I feel that he's around," Moore said.
The pin was returned to Moore back in 2003. Since then, she's added another engraving to the pin that says 'Love Never Dies'.