Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fathers Day for deployed British troops

From the Sunday Mirror comes this:

Father's Day for Heroes: Send us your messages and pictures for dads serving in Afghanistan

By Mirror.co.uk 3/06/2010 [Yes, that IS June! Is how Brits write the date]

Its Fathers Day on Sunday June 20 and the Sunday Mirror is planning a morale-boasting surprise for the brave dads serving in Afghanistan.

We are joining forces with the loved ones of our courageous troops to let them know that, despite the thousands of miles between us, we are thinking of them all.

On Fathers Day, we will be devoting special pages of the paper and in our online editions to give their children the chance to send personal messages and pictures to their dads.

So if your dad is serving in Afghanistan and you want to send him a wonderful Fathers Day greeting, then it couldnt be easier to tell him how proud you are.

Together with the MoD and various regimental organisations, who are backing this project, we are inviting the children of our troops to send a message on an email to fathersday@sundaymirror.co.uk or upload it using the form below.

You can also leave messages on our special Facebook and Twitter pages too. Simply click on the links to visit these pages.

Please state clearly the name, rank and unit of your loved one, including their regiment, battalion or squadron and say who the message is from.

Children can also send a photo or drawing that can be used in the paper or online.

An MoD spokesperson said: Its always difficult to be separated from your loved ones so the support shown to our troops in this campaign really is appreciated."

He explained that troops will be able to see the messages you send to the Sunday Mirror on the internet through free email and internet access at forward locations.

And the British Forces Postal Office have installed 13 new Eblueys, computer terminals where troops can also send messages back home as well which are written in the form of an email but are delivered like a letter through the post.

Well do our best to put as many of your messages as we can in the paper on Sunday June 20, 2010, and all of the messages will be published online so your dad will see it too.

But do hurry - as messages have to be with us by noon Wednesday June 16, 2010.

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment in Helmand  Province, Afghanistan (Pic:MOD/PA Wire)

In your email - or if filling in the form below, in the your story box - please include the following details:

Your dads name, regiment/unit
Your name and relationship (ie son/daughter)
Your message: No more than 25 words

Great idea for all our deployed British heroes..Hurry, though. Deadline is tomorrow.

Go here for the online form.

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