WWII Veterans Welcome Home!

We need your help. Please read below about two important activities associated with your WWII Veteran’s trip to Washington DC to visit his or her Memorials on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013.

Tuesday, November 12th, 8:00pm
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

Please invite your Family and Friends to come to the airport for the huge Welcome Home for our WWII Veterans. We would like to have hundreds of people at the airport to give them the welcome they never got so many years ago and to thank them for a job well done. Bring signs, pictures, flags, balloons…. to welcome them not only from their day in Washington but from the war. Wear your red, white, or blue! Encourage anyone coming to the airport to bring a folding chair to use while waiting for the plane. The airport has limited seating.

Please take a few minutes and have family & friends write a letter to your Veteran (plus a few other veterans) to thank them. We have a mail call on the return flight where every Veteran gets a packet of letters. Be sure to put a name on the envelope if it is for a specific person (John E. Starling), or just WWII Veteran if for any Veteran. Mail to: Honor Flight WCF, CFLSC, 900 Griffin Road, Lakeland, FL 33805. We need letters to arrive no later than Friday, November 8th, 2013, be sure to put the Veterans name on the inner envelope.

The mail call is very special for these veterans, so please participate. Our goal is to have hundreds of letters for each Veteran. They were never properly thanked for their sacrifices, their courage, and their service. Now is the time.

Please keep this a secret – we want it to be a surprise for our Veterans!

I know making it to the airport is not possible for most of you, but I am counting on you all for help with letters. You all have great contacts and lots of face book friends. Please, please, please use them and let’s get as many letters for Dad and other Vets as we can. It doesn’t have to be much, just thanking them for their service and what that means to you. Even if you want to just collect letters and send to me that will work too. I will get them where they need to go!

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  • Marti N.

    Wow - what a great turnout from all of Lakeland!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Cathie T.

    I am here with Marti waiting for the flight. We have heard they are due inability 15 mins.

    November 12, 2013

  • Cathie T.

    The news station is saying they expect 1,000 people at the airport to welcome our veterans home. May want to go earlier than posted here!

    November 12, 2013

    • Marti N.

      I'm here and headed out to the greeting line! Hope to see some of yall soon!

      1 · November 12, 2013

  • Don D.

    Is this PM? I saw photos of a group out at AM.

    November 12, 2013

    • Marti N.

      It is PM, when they return tonight from their Honor Flight.

      November 12, 2013

  • Cathie T.

    This will be my very first ever group shoot. As a matter of fact it is my first 'real' shoot other than my own walk-abouts. Hope to meet others who love photography!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Marti N.

    Let's meet right at the front of the main building - the one with the blue roof.

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Judie T.

    Do we have a meet up place at the airport?

    November 11, 2013

  • Judie T.

    I don't do Microsoft Outlook so cannot look at the attachment on the "welcome" email. I look forward to this outing especially as I know 5 of the returning vets.

    October 28, 2013

    • Marti N.

      Hi Judie, Welcome to the Lakeland Shooters. It's a fun group with lots of helpful people all willing to share with each other. We have fun! Thank you for joining this shoot! This will be the homecoming for the father of one of my dearest friends. Once we get a head count, we will figure out an exact meeting spot there and get set up. Thanks again! Marti

      October 29, 2013

  • Marti N.

    If there has ever been anyone who needs to feel the love of our own little paparazzi, it's these veterans! Please show them the respect they have earned and join me in welcoming them home.

    1 · October 26, 2013

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