After more than 70 years Norwood Thomas was reunited with his World War II girlfriend, Joyce Morris, in Australia just before Valentine’s Day.
Last Sunday, Thomas and his son Steve boarded a plane out of Norfolk International Airport to begin their trip to the other side of the world.
“I am looking forward to it and maybe I am just a bit excited and don’t realize it yet,” Thomas told a local television station prior to the reunion.
It is a long way to go, but for Thomas, the 20-hour trip is nothing in comparison to the years he and Morris have spent apart.
“I’m looking more forward to seeing her than I am to the trip,” he said.
Their reunion is all thanks to Morris’s son, Rob. He says a few months ago, his mother asked him to do an Internet search on Thomas to see if he was still alive and willing to talk after more than 70-years.
Rob found Thomas’s contact information and was able to get in touch to set up a Skype call.
After their Skype reunion, their love story touched the hearts of people all over the world and eventually led to Air New Zealand setting up a flight for Thomas and Steve to visit Morris in Australia.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity and I think it’s wonderful that it has happened,” Norwood said.
While the trip is considered a vacation, Thomas says he plans to address some serious business when he and Morris are in the same room again. He says he wants to find out why she wouldn’t come back to the United States with him after the war.
“I think it will be good to find out,” he said. “I really don’t know how I will feel or how she will feel. We have lived in two different worlds.”
His trip won’t all be about the past; he says he and Morris plan to experience some new things together.
“I want to see some kangaroos close up and I want to eat some kangaroo steak.”
They also plan to spend Valentine’s Day together.
“I have a little a card and I have sent her a gift. When I get there I will of course buy some flowers.”
The couple embraced upon reuniting seven decades later.
“It’s about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me,” Thomas said in an interview, with Morris by his side.