Incredible video shows runners making a surprise detour to shake a World War II veteran’s hand.


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It happened during a race in San Jose, California when 95-year-old Joe Bell stepped out in his military uniform to cheer on the runners.

Instead of passing Bell, some people ran up to him and thanked him for his service. He served as a corporal in the Army from 1942 to 1946. 

Neighbor and news reporter Julia Prodis Sulek captured the spontaneous moment on video. She reported that the race's charity partner is the Pat Tillman Foundation, which funds scholarships for veterans. The foundation was named for Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who was killed while serving overseas in Afghanistan in 2004.

Watch the moving video above.


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