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A unique illustration of patriotism in a California neighborhood is going viral.

World War II veteran Ernest Thompson, 98, of Gardena has made regular trips to the USS Iowa in nearby San Pedro for many years. Unfortunately, health issues have recently kept him at home.

So, thanks in part to his son who works at the USS Iowa museum, Navy chief selects brought the Iowa to him, Fox 43 reported.

Thompson, who served on the USS Missouri during World War II, and witnessed the surrender of Japanese forces, was surprised, and touched, to see a band of the young men assemble outside his home last week.

The men began singing Navy tunes, including the official march, Anchors Aweigh, and later shook hands with the veteran.

The video has been viewed more than 4 million times.

In two months, Thompson will turn 99, and hopes to make at least one more trip to see the Iowa.

What do you think of this viral show of patriotism? Let us know in the comments.

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