On January 12, 2020 I came across a article about 104-year-old Marine veteran who wished for nothing but Valentine’s Day cards. Inspired by the article and moved by the Marines request I shared the article on my personal Facebook. Colonel Coggins saw my post and endorsed me moving forward with the project at Fork Union Military Academy.
On February 7, Operation Valentine went into full effect. I met with teachers CPT David Mitchell and CPT Cris Higginbotham to create a plan to share and inspire our seventh graders with this simple and touching story. After Mitchell and Higginbotham showed the news article and explained the historical importance of Maj White receiving the Purple Heart at Iwo Jima, the seventh graders met in the Academy’s art studio to spend the morning using their creativity to express their gratitude and love for this Marine Veteran. Every cadet was enamored with the project. Taking their time and making sure that each card represented their individual style, the students created cards from recycled materials and placed them along with three Fork Union Military Academy shirts in our parcel.
I am extremely blessed to be part of a school that is a family. I have immense pride in our cadets, faculty, and staff. Thank you for letting me share. Please find the link to the news article below.