In a little home in Idaho, you’ll find one man’s prized possession lovingly tucked behind a picture frame.
It’s a letter he received on Christmas Day, 1970… in Vietnam. John Metzler says it was a gift that got him through the war.
At the time, he was a 23-year-old Army helicopter sniper. The author of the letter was a little girl.
She wrote: “Dear Serviceman, I want to give my sincere thanks for going over to war to fight for us. The class hopes you will be able to come home.”
John says he thinks the letter means more today to him than it did when he got it, so his family decided to find the girl who wrote it.
They found DonnaCaye Ludemann Sica in Florida. She remembers writing the letter and being amazed that she had the opportunity to write to a serviceman and make his life simpler for just a few minutes.
DonnaCaye flew to Idaho to meet the man who received her letter 48 Christmases ago. It was a special moment as they shared a hug.
So what was it about DonnaCaye’s letter that meant and means so much to John? It’s because Donnacaye said… thank you.
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