We've got two 100th birthdays and a 91st birthday!! Scroll down for the info.
When missions are completed, the families usually send over pics of their veterans (with big smiles 😁) showing the cards they received. Scroll all the way down on this email to see those pics. You can also see them posted on my facebook, instagram, and twitter- so make sure you're following along on your favorite platform! You can see a number photos from many other past missions here.
For those wishing to share a veteran's birthday:please try to give me at least 6-8 weeks notice via email in order to be in the mailing. I will do my best to post birthdays that have less notice on Facebook.
Last but not least, if you are new here, thank you for joining! I hope you find this to be a fulfilling and meaningful way to do what you can, with what you've got, from where you are! 🤗
...and now on to our mission - be sure to scroll down to get all 3:
Perl's (aka Porky) 91st Birthday
A note from his neighbor: My neighbor, Perl 'Porky' Richards will be turning 91 on, May 20. He was in the US Army, Korean Conflict. Porky lives alone, and he still drives himself around. He also is an active Member of American Legion Post 34, Cadiz, OH.
Perl 'Porky' Richards
107 Greenview Dr.
Cadiz, OH 43907
Send in time to arrive in OH by 5/20. He collects his own mail.
Adrian's 100th Birthday
A note from his friend: Adrian Buchholz was born on May 22, 1923 in Wooster, OH. He was drafted into the Air Force at age 20 and was told to get in the tail of the airplane because he was "a little guy", so he became a tail gunner. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was stationed in Taranto, Italy, where he flew 34 missions (3 of them at night), over the European Theatre. After the war, he returned home and eventually married Carol Keener. They raised 2 children while residing in Mansfield.
1134 Dresden Drive
Mansfield, OH 44905
Send in time to arrive in OH by 5/22
Virg's 100th Birthday
A note from his niece: Our uncle is approaching his 100th birthday June 1st, and we would like to honor him with a birthday card shower of well wishes from fellow American patriots.
Virg Meliti born in Croton, New York June 1, 1923. Virg served in the US Naval Air Force and enlisted in the US Navy in July 1942 serving in WWII's Pacific Theater. Stationed in the South Pacific on the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, Virg served as a Gunner on a B-24 Liberator with Bombing Squadron VB-109. The squadron conducted various combat operations to include reconnaissance missions as well as searching for and attacking Japanese submarines.
In 1944, Virg was reassigned to a Patrol Aviation Unit on the Island of Tinian where he served with a Combat Aircraft Service Unit (CASU) responsible for equipping combat aircraft with bombs and torpedoes. Vir returned to the States in June 1945 stationed briefly in San Diego, CA and then on to Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL where he was honorably discharged on November 25, 1945 as an Aviation Fire Controlman with the rank of Petty Officer First Class.
Virg began a 41 year career with the railroad, first as a brakeman, and then as a conductor. He retired from the railroad in 1987 and moved to Ravena, NY. When his beloved wife Grace passed away far too soon in 2005, Virg moved to Selkirk, NY to reside with his daughter Michele and her family.
Virg was a longtime member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign War and served on the school and library boards.
Virg is a happy, robust, lifelong dedicated Yankees fan. His daily schedule for doctor appointments, daily meals and social events, revolves around the Yankees schedule, including Spring Training.
Here's a note from his niece: "Elwood received 367 cards yesterday on his 100th birthday and was thrilled!! He couldn’t believe how many people had wrote to him & assured me that he was going to read each one carefully! They really made his day extra special. Thank you so much for your wonderful work! We appreciate you and everyone who took the time to send him a card!When I started laying the cards out he thought I was going to make him open all of them right then and there! I said unless you plan on staying at my house for a week I don’t think we have time for that but he was so happy & I cannot thank you enough for making it happen!"
Short Notice Mission Complete:
Here's a note from his friend Penny: He was thrilled with the cards. He’s active and loves his country.
Mission 89a Complete:
Here's a note from his friend Gene L Ramsay Brig Gen (Ret), USAF: Earle received 334 cards which were delivered to him today, on his birthday, by his daughter Pam. It was all possible due to your wonderful program! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Earle is sharp as.tack and is VERY appreciative. Pics below: If you look closely, Earle is smiling his sly, understated “Minnesota Nice” smile and his eyes are definitely open. We had a great conversation. He walks with his walker to the dining room for meals 3 times a day!
Mission 88b Complete:
Here's a note from his family: G. William Denlinger celebrated his 100 birthday last week. He hosted over 60 family members and friends. He is shown here with just a few of the over 300 cards and Facebook messages. He is sending his heartfelt Thanks to all, especially to you for working on such a wonderful mission yourself.
Mission 88a Complete:
Here's a note from his children: "We had over 300 cards from family, friends, and mostly your group. It really helped to make his day.
He recently had to go into a rehab center for a compression fracture of his spine. Between all of his kids showing up (which 3 of us surprised him) and all of the cards, it really helped to make his day very special. After the party we moved the cards down to his room. He wanted to make sure he looked at all of them.
Thank you so very much.
Mission 87 Complete:
Here's a note from his friend George: "Colin’s 100th Birthday Party was held on January 25th at the Officers’ Club on Randolph Air Force Base, near Colin’s home and his last assignment before he retired. In addition to Colin being a fighter pilot, two of his sons and one grandson were also Air Force pilots. They decided to surprise Colin by wearing their flight suits and had Colin’s flight suit there for him to wear. The party was a great celebration with a slide show of Colin’s life.Although there are not any pictures of the cards, Colin said he received over 314 birthday cards from across the county and “that they were the best gift he ever received!” Another quote from his family… “simply put he is so thrilled with the outpouring of cards.”
Mission 86 Complete:
A note from his wife: "221 cards arrived from 37 different states for Aaron's 50th birthday. He even received one from a Navy veteran serving the same time just different ship.Thank you everyone who made his day all week long!"
Mission 85a Complete:
A note from his daughter RitaSue: "My father, Ralph L. Conklin, was surprised - and a bit confused! - as he began to receive birthday cards from all over the United States. He read each of the 264 cards with their uplifting messages. He also received signed photos and a lovely scrapbook layout. Thanks to Verne B. For a Vietnam War lapel pin as well as 4 state and National proclamations. The pinning ceremony was held at Dad’s Bible study group. Thank you to everyone for making this such a memorable birthday celebration!"
Want to see more pics from past missions?
National Anthem Girl Documentary
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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