Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shhhhhhhhhhh! It's A Surprise!

We are excited about a special day coming up for our Dad, and we would like to ask for your help in making it extra special.  Many of our friends know him, and it's ok for us to communicate with you this way because he is not online.  We want to surprise him with your help.  He will never know about this ahead of time, unless someone let's it slip, so PLEASE, let's keep this between us!
On Saturday, May 11th, just 6 days before his 86th birthday, our Dad, Rev. Caudle Adkins, Jr. will be joining more than 130 other WWII and Korean War Veterans on an “Honor Flight” to Washington, DC.  The flight will leave Tri State Airport at 6:00 AM and will return near midnight on the same day.  The veterans will tour the WWII, Korean, and Viet Nam Memorials and the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA.  They will travel with a team that includes a Medical Doctor, three nurses, and a registered physical therapist.  Wheel chairs will be provided for those who need them.

We are thrilled that Dad was included in this trip and we want it to be a great experience for him.  We are asking family and friends to help make this a very special occasion for him. Here is how you can help.

As those of us who have been in the military remember, Mail Call was a very special time of the day or week.  The organizers of the Honor Flight are going to have a surprise “Mail Call” on the flight back to Huntington for the honorees.  They are asking for friends to send a note of appreciation to the veterans for their service to our country.

Besides Dad serving our country as a WWII veteran of “The Greatest Generation”, he has spent all of his postwar life in service to the Lord.  During these last few years he has devoted himself to being the primary care giver for our Mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.  It has not been an easy road.  We would love for Dad to receive notes of love, appreciation and encouragement. 

Would you be kind enough to take a few minutes to write him a note of appreciation for his service?  You could also include a birthday greeting if you like.  It would only take you a few moments, and the cost of a postage stamp, but it would be a wonderful surprise for a man who we all love, and would cap off a very memorable day.

If you would like to be part of this surprise for him, please address the envelope as follows:

Caudle Adkins
c/o Auto Flight
54 County Road 67
Scottown, OH 45678

To be included, letters must be received no later than May 8th.
The letters will be delivered to the Veterans on the flight home from Washington.
Thank you for your consideration.  And remember, It's to be a Surprise!


C.J., Bruce, and Carl Adkins

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