Send our friend & WW II Vet to France

$4,985 of $4,885 goal

Raised by 62 people in 32 months
Michelle Grant
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.
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Update 8
Posted by Michelle Grant
30 months ago
For those that might wish to welcome Mr. Griffin back home, his flight is scheduled to return 11 June @ 1730.

If you wish to follow along with photos, we are uploading pictures as we get them to this album:
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Update 7
Posted by Michelle Grant
30 months ago
Update 6
Posted by Michelle Grant
30 months ago
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!

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Update 5
Posted by Michelle Grant
31 months ago
I just resent out thank you letters with the information donors may need to deduct the donations on their tax forms. Sorry if that has confused anyone.
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Raised by 62 people in 32 months
Created April 19, 2014
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30 months ago
30 months ago

Proud daughter of a WWII vet. Hooah!

LMO Advertising
30 months ago

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.

Crystal Cuzzort
30 months ago

Mr. Griffin, Thank you for your service Sir! May God bless your travels with safety, remembrance and peace. It's a great honor to help you on your way!

The Jennis Family
30 months ago

Herb, Thank you for all you have done and enjoy your trip

Diana & Sam Tringali
30 months ago

My Dad was a WWII Vet who wanted to make this trip but never did. Know this trip will be memorable.

Tina Minahan
30 months ago

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.

Elizabeth Titus
30 months ago
30 months ago
ST Augustine Swashbucklers
30 months ago

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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