Thank you all for continuing to participate in these missions. Your cards and thoughtful words mean so much to the veterans who receive them - and their families. Also, to all our newcomers, thank you so much for joining! 🤗
When missions are completed, the families usually send over pics of these veterans (with big smiles) holding all the cards they received! I post the those pics on my facebook, instagram, and twitter- so make sure you're following along on your favorite platform! You can also scroll all the way down on this email to see recaps of recently completed missions if you don't use social media.
...here is Mission 60. 2 Veterans (so you'll need 2 cards!!) William is turning 96 on 10/31, and Bernie is turning 102 on 11/8.
Janine's Team Mission #60
Veteran 1: Wilferd McCallister's 96th Birthday
96th Birthday Cards for WWII Veteran
Wilferd McCallister was drafted from Normady High School (St. Louis, MO) in 1943 and served in the Army until 1946. He worked in the Message Center in Europe. While in Europe, he was able to visit Vatican City, where he met Pope Pius XII and received a blessed cross.
Wilferd's birthday is October 31st his family will be throwing a birthday party for him on that day. His daughter is collecting the cards so they can surprise him with the cards. To ensure they get there in time, please put your cards in the mail on or before October 24th. Here's the address:
6121 Cedar Springs Rd.
Cedar Hill, MO 63016
attn: Wilferd McCallister
...and here's info on Bernie, our second veteran of Mission 60....
Veteran 2: Bernie Regan's 102nd Birthday
102nd Birthday Cards for WWII Veteran
Bernie Regan joined the “Enlisted Reserve” in 1942, awaiting orders to report for active duty. He graduated from college, then took a job at General Motors machine gun plant. In May, he reported for military duty, graduating as a pilot in April 1943.
It was June 6, 1943, D-Day and Lt. Regan was now a member of the 391st. He and his flight crew flew a B26 bomber just minutes before 6:00 am to the target of Omaha Beach, northern France. The next mission was to bomb the submarine pens in Brest, France. Then a gasoline storage area at the edge of Paris, all in the effort to defeat Hitler’s war machine. He flew 65 missions in France and Germany.
Lt. Regan was married to Kathleen Rohde in 1944, a marriage that lasted over 77 years. His amazing wife Kay, worked in a factory during the war. They lived many places, Laredo, Tx., California, Japan, Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida, and Washington, DC. They raised two sons. Kay passed in 2021.
Regan earned a Law degree in 1954 from McGeorge College of Law. When he returned to Michigan (his home state) he taught college at Michigan State University. In 1962, he was stationed at Otis AFB, Air Defense Command at Cape Cod Mass., then Eglin AFB in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. In 1966, Lt. Col. Regan also was in Saigon, Viet Nam as US military Assistance Command. Finally, he served at the Pentagon as a Staff Officer in Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief of Legislative Matters for Personnel.
Lt. Col Bernard Regan retired in 1973 and moved back to Ft. Walton Beach, Fl.
Bernie's 102nd birthday is November 8th. His son is collecting the cards. To ensure they get there in time, please put your cards in the mail on or before November 1. Here's the address:
From Robert's sister Linda: "I received the bundle of cards yesterday sent by you for Robert. On behalf of my family, thank you all from the bottom of our hearts." **More cards have come in for him and I will be sending them out.
Mission 58: Complete!
Lawrence Decker's 100th
From WWII Veteran Lawrence's good friend and fellow veteran Manny: "Today's birthday party was a success, thank you to Janine's Team for sending all these cards!" He's got lots of reading to keep him occupied!
Mission 57: COMPLETE!
Robert Mintz's 90th Birthday!
You all did it again!! Korean War Veteran Robert Mintz celebrated his 90th Birthday with cards from all of you! This was a very short notice, but you all made it happen! I received this message from his son: "There is no other description but THIS MISSION IS A COMPLETE SUCCESS!!!! Probably a hundred or more well wishes!!!! THANK YOU TO ALL!!!!"
Mission 55: COMPLETE!
Joe Butkus' 90th Birthday!
"We are all so thankful to you for this amazing gift to our father!" Korean War Vet Joe Butkus celebrated his 90th birthday with his family - and over 300 cards from all of you!
I received this message from his son-in-law:"Thank you so very much for your Mission #54 for Ed. He had a great day which left him very tired, but with a big smile on his face. We received cards from your team, along with some his family and friends. He was overwhelmed! "Look at all of those cards! THANK YOU all for taking the time to make this WWII / Veteran so special on his 100th Birthday!
Mission 53: COMPLETE!
DT Measells 100th Birthday!
WOW!!!!! What a way to celebrate 100 years!! WWII Fighter Pilot DT Measells received OVER 1,100 birthday cards from all of YOU!
I received this message from his son-in-law John: DT was so overwhelmed by everything! It was the best 100th Birthday ever! Mayor Lynn Deutsch arranged a drive-by from the entire police and firefighters, and gave him a key to the city! Thanks to everyone who sent in cards, he's going to have a LOT of reading to keep him busy! Thank you to JANINE'S TEAM and Phlash Phelps for helping DT feel all the love and gratitude he deserves!!
“Thank you again, Janine. Lt Col Thomas Bryan Crouch thoroughly enjoyed getting many birthday cards over the last few weeks. He couldn’t believe they came from so many different states and so many people of all ages. He asked to please let everyone know how much he appreciated people taking time to not only send kind words but to pay $.55 per card. He just couldn’t comprehend people would spend so much on an old man they didn’t know....One young student wrote “boy you are old, please tell us how you did it.” What a great chuckle!”
Mission 49: COMPLETE!
MEDAL OF HONOR MAIL CALL
A HUGE thank you to all who participated in this year's Medal of Honor Mail Call. Yesterday was Medal of Honor Day which marked the completion of our 5th Annual Medal of Honor Mail Call!
Mission 48: COMPLETE!
Kenneth Boyd's 100th Birthday!
WWII Vet Kenneth Boyd LOVED all of your cards. Here's one of the facebook posts from his party!! His nurse was kind enough to share these photos and said he truly enjoyed hearing from each one of you! YOU made his 100th birthday extra-extra special!! Here is the post with all your comments.
EVERGREEN MISSION for Veteran's Last Patrol:
This was our 51st mission, but we decided to keep it going:
Veteran's Last Patrol's mission is to serve veterans by bringing new friendships, honor ceremonies, & emergency assistance while in hospice care.
The organization is averaging a veteran's honor ceremony a week all over the country. At each ceremony they like to give a bunch of thank you cards to the veteran being honored.
Here's your mission! Write out generic thank you cards to veterans and send them to Veteran's Last Patrol. They will make bundles from the cards they receive and present them to our veterans.
Use whatever you'd like: thank you cards, scenic cards, postcards ... or better yet... MAKE cards and write notes of gratitude. Keep in mind these are for are for elderly and/or ailing veterans. Dear Veteran, Dear Hero as your salutation will work. Have children, students, young artists?? 🎨 Get them involved! Our veterans would love bright patriotic pictures, military branch logos, whatever they are inspired to create! Do you manage a group of people at your company? This is a meaningful office project too!
If you're sending more than one card (which is encouraged) no need to send each one individually - send them all in one envelope/package.
Send them to:
Veteran's Last Patrol
140B Venture Blvd
Spartanburg, SC, 29306
ATTN: Honor Ceremony Cards
This is an evergreen mission. So send a bunch as soon as you can, but feel free to continue this project on your own and / or involve more people.
Watch this video to learn more about these honor ceremonies, and learn how you can help / participate if one is near you.
National Anthem Girl
In 2014, Long Island native, Janine Stange, became the first person in history to sing the Star-Spangled Banner in all 50 U.S. states. This documentary chronicles her inspiring journey, promoting patriotism and generating gratitude for our troops, from pro baseball parks in Ohio, to donkey basketball games in West Virginia, to a battleship in Hawaii, and all states in between. Available on Amazon Prime and PureFlix.
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