Hiland Park Elementary School Sings, Hands Out Valentines at Mathison Retirement Center

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - On this Valentine's Day, there is no doubt there are many stories of love. It is a wonderful time to give gifts and spend time with loved ones and share memories. Different generations came together Wednesday morning at Mathison Retirement Center in Panama City. 

Residents got a special visit from kindergarten, first and second graders from Hiland Park Elementary School.

But on a day meant to be spent with loved ones, 97-year-old Jo Pace feels alone.

"I don't have any friends left, I've outlived everybody I know!" said Pace.

For her, Valentine's Day means something more. 

"This is my anniversary. I married the day after Valentines Day in 1941. I met him in high school, we married when I was a junior in college, and we were married 62 years before he died," said Pace.

Wednesday, many residents got new valentines, hand-made by the students. 

The students from Hiland Park Elementary School have made the Valentine's Day field trip to Mathison Retirement Center for the past few years. They plan to continue the tradition. 


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