The family bonds are unbreakable, and a grandfather from Edinburgh, Scotland, showed his love for the family in a heartwarming way.
His granddaughter needed someone to walk her down the aisle, and the 101-year-old woman did not disappoint.
A retired former paratrooper and general practitioner, William MacLean, deserved the title of Grandfather of the Year.
Despite his advanced age, he was able to fulfill the dream of a beloved family member.
His granddaughter, Sarah Morson from Manchester, England, was getting married.
However, a cloud of sadness loomed over the excitement of the day. Her father wasn’t there to see her say “yes” to the love of her life.
Like many little girls, Morson imagined her father would be there to accompany her down the aisle on her big day. But he wasn’t.
Her father had passed away from cancer 11 years before she was ready to commit her life.
Fortunately, there was another remarkable man in Morson’s life—her grandfather—and she asked him to do the honors and give her away in 2015.
The photos of the grandfather with his granddaughter on her wedding day were beautiful and quickly went viral, prompting numerous comments.
Morson and MacLean had always shared a close bond, and the granddaughter recalled her grandfather’s joy when she told him about her engagement. Therefore, she made him an integral part of the big day. She added:
“I absolutely adore him. He was so happy when we got engaged, so we thought it would be a happy thing for him.”
MacLean had lost his wife in 2014 and was unwell, but nothing would stop him from fulfilling his granddaughter’s request. He would be by her side no matter what.
Summoning all his strength, the sprightly grandfather arrived at the Holy Trinity Church in Whitfield, Northumberland. He was there for Morson, just as he had been for his country many years before.
MacLean wore his official military uniform and all his medals, thrilled to be part of this unforgettable ceremony. His granddaughter was overjoyed and grateful for his presence. She expressed:
“I couldn’t be prouder of him. He has faced so much as a war hero, and personally too.”
The granddaughter shared that MacLean took his role in the wedding very seriously, giving advice to her husband and informing him that she was now under his responsibility.
Morson lived far from her grandfather, but she visited him whenever possible. Their time together was always spent holding hands because he loved it, noting that people often didn’t like touching elderly citizens.
MacLean lived a courageous life, serving during the Normandy landings and not showing an ounce of fear. He dreamt of becoming a pilot, but color blindness prevented him.
Nevertheless, he had a successful military career of which he was immensely proud.