I apologize that I haven't posted updates more recently as there has been some very exciting news! We hosted a fundraiser for Mr. Griffin at a local pub and raised over $5,000! Mr. Griffin is leaving on an airplane today to fly to France.
I can't thank you enough for your support and contributions. We made and overshot the mark of the original amount we needed by a few hundred dollars. I will be adjusting this campaign to reflect that we have met our goal. I will keep this campaign open so that those who wish to can still help. The extra funds will be used to cover incidental and unexpected expenses on Mr. Griffin's journey. Any extras will be donated to a local veteran's charity of Mr. Griffin's choice.
If you can, go see Mr. Griffin's send off at JAX at 10:30 am today!
We have received a total of $750.00 in donations in the form of checks. I can't see how to show those, so I will be lowering the goal by that amount. I don't have the list of all the donors, but I do know we can thank JFRD for $500 of it!
We are making such headway! This is so exciting to be part of. Thank you everyone who have helped in this endeavor, even if all you did was share the fundraiser on your Facebook page. It helps. It all helps.
Mr. Herb Griffin is a U.S. Army World War II veteran and Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient for his injuries and actions in June of 1944. Mr. Griffin was a part of the second wave landing at Utah Beach on 6 June 1944 traveling from England to France via boat to engage our enemies. Mr. Griffin often stops by the firestation to visit us, and elaborate on some of his experiences as part of the "Greatest Generation" and the hell he endured in June of 1944. He humbly stated, he would do it all again (at a much younger age of course) to serve his country and ensure the freedoms of so many. Mr. Griffin was discharged from the military and had a short career with Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department before completing a 30 plus year career with the U.S. Postal Service profession. He has been a lifelong resident of Jacksonville and Switzerland/ Fruit Cove Florida. Mr. Griffin has stopped by the fire station several times and even brought some of his memorabilia to share with us over a cup of coffee and, in one visit, to partake in dinner with the crew. Mr. Griffin has expressed during these visits that he would like to return to France one day. Through discussion with International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3865 (St. Johns County Professional Fire Fighters) we would like to send Mr. Griffin to France for the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day. Mr. Griffin, whom is 88 years old and a widower of seven years, would like to have his brother, Ed travel with him on this journey. Ed is also an U.S. Army Veteran have served just a few short years following his brother. The total travel costs and guided tour for this proposal is $8463. St. Johns County Professional Firefighters have provided support for this cause both in financially and administratively. We need your help in order to sending our friend and World War II Veteran to France.
Misters Herb and Ed Griffin,
Thank you for your service to our country. Thanks to John and Sharon Cunningham of Ann O'Malleys in St. Augustine, LMO Advertising, located in Arlington, VA, proudly contributes to this endeavor.
In loving memory of my mother and father , Ruth and Ray Pitcairn, who served in the US Army in World War II in England. Thank you Mr. Griffin for your courage and strength as you served us then and also how you've served us throughout your life.
The St Augustine Swashbucklers proudly wishes Mr. Griffin the best for his greatest adventure. This memorial weekend as with all past and future memorials is a perfect chance to show how proud we are to have MEN like Mr. Griffin in our lives. WE THANK YOU from the depths of our heart for your contribution to our freedom.
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