Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 10 - THANK YOU!

Dear Bob,
We want to say thanks for your laugh, your smile, all your stories, your advice, your wisdom, and for fighting for our country. We can't tell you how amazing it has been having you as our veteran on this trip. We have made memories that will last all our lives. Saying goodbye will be one of the hardest things we've done...we will miss you!

Tim & Katie

Dear Mr. Collier,
Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us. You have taught us so much and we appreciate all you did for our country. Thank you for all the lessons and first hand accounts you have taught us, we will never forget them. Thank you.

Branden and Sarah

Being your "Helpers" during this trip has been such an honor. We appreciate everything you have done for our country and even more importantly what you have done in service for the Lord. We also admire your love and passion for your family and for your wife. You will always be an example for us to follow. We love you and we'll miss your youthful sense of humor!

Maria and John

Mr. Carringer,
We have been honored to accompany you on this tour and have enjoyed the precious time that you have spent with the two of us. We thank you so much for the stories and memories that you were able to share and for the service that you gave for this great country. You have been such a blessing to our lives and we hope that we can somehow reflect the character that you have shown us. Thank you again for everything. 

Daniel and Christi


You have touched our hearts from the beginning of this trip, and we thank you so much for all you've done for us and our country. We hope you've had the trip of a lifetime, because we sure have! We love you and will miss you!

Nate and Jo

Mr. Nelson,
In the past week and a half you have taught us so much. You have taught us the meaning of honor and love for one's country. Thank you for taking care of us and for doing so much for our country. I hope that we can live half the life that you have lead. Thank you!

Larry and Katie

Dear Veterans,
It was an honor to spend this week with you. We will remember your stories for the rest of our lives. Each of you taught us something about life and about the freedoms that you fought so hard to protect. You truly are our adopted grandparents. Thank you for taking the time to make this trip so memorable.

Again, we thank you all, 
Culea Abraham, Jonathan Wahl, and Weston Wiebe

On our last day, we were all able to meet Harry Thomas, the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. He encouraged us to love our country and honor our veterans. It was a perfect way to end to this amazing trip.


  1. thank you all for blogging about your trip - I enjoyed reading it and keeping up with your travels. I think it was great that you were able to accompany this group Culea!
    Culea's Aunt Karen

  2. What an AWESOME way to share this trip with so many others!!! I almost felt like I was with you as well! Thank you, Veterans, for your willingness to share the pains of the past with our they will remember! Thank you, C of O, for making this trip even possible!! And thank you, students, for realizing that this kind of education goes far beyond the classroom. Stay committed to Jesus! Stay committed to our great country! Always remember the impact that these men have made on your lives and know that YOU can impact others as you share these precious memories!
    Keep living for Jesus!!!

  3. So precious to see these pictures!!! Thank you so much to each of you Veterans! Thank you for being willing to share your life with our children! What a priveledge this patriotic tour was for each of them. Our lives are touched also as they share your stories with us. Thinking of you all as you prepare to part ways and how hard that will be. God Bless! Thank you!

  4. Thank you all and God's speed in your life's work.
    In war, all give some but some gave all. You have honored them ALL with your travels and articles here.
    The smiles on the Vets faces tell it all.

    God bless each and every one of you.

    Jim Knudsen
    Brainerd, MN