Taylor Swift might just be as sweet as she looks. The country pop singer has always loved her fans, so much so that she's still surprised that the audience likes her, but this story goes to show just how genuinely grateful she is for her admirers and for the troops.
Corporal Josh Marreel uploaded a video to get Taylor's attention, but he didn't want concert tickets or for her to be his date at a dance. Instead, his motivations were entirely selfless -- he wanted Taylor to know that 22-year-old Sergeant Wade Wilson, a Marine killed in action in Afghanistan, was a huge fan of hers. Wade had a poster of Taylor in his bunk and really loved her music.
Taylor got the message, saw the video, and decided she wanted to honor Sgt. Wilson in a big way.
After watching Josh's video, she got Wade's family on the phone and asked if it was OK if she wear his dog tags in her next music video. She also sent them flowers and a kind note thanking Wade for his love and support, saying that she'll never forget him.
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I'm equally touched by Taylor's actions as I am Josh's. Wade was clearly a really loved guy and it's wonderful that his favorite artist is remembering him, and his service, in such a subtle yet impactful way.
Taylor's making it all about Wade and his family, and not all about Taylor and her PR, which is what makes this story even better. Yes, the press as picked up the news, but I don't think it takes away from the fact that Taylor wanted to show her appreciation and respect for Wade by wearing his dog tags. Her idea is thoughtful, patriotic, and meaningful. Just like Wade's service.
Watch Josh's plea to Taylor:
What do you think of what Taylor's doing?
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