Holiday messages from Islanders to those in uniform


It has been a long time since I have been home for the holidays and I just want my family to know that I am thinking about them, my wife Hannah, my daughter Mika, my mother and father, Mike, Pat, Emily, Katie, and Jamie.

Sgt. Christopher L. Willis, U.S. Army, Paktika Province, Afghanistan

Elise thanks all in the Vineyard community who have offered prayers and support as she tries to make the world a better place. We thank you for your support of our military service personnel.

Joan and Harold Chapdelaine of Vineyard Haven, parents of LTJG Elise Chapdelaine, USN, serving in Afghanistan

To Corey Alexander Tara Clark: We are all so proud of you.

Mom, Isis, Howard

Dear Bethany: We wanted to let you know how much we love you and how proud we are of you and your service to your country.

Love, Gramma Shirley and Rob

I would like to say a big thank you to Oak Bluffs Police Officer Christopher Oteri and summer special officer Douglas “DJ” Dolan, who are both in boot camp, Oak Bluffs Police Department chaplain and Officer David Berube, a Lt. Colonel and Chaplain in the Air National Guard, and our former police chief and Oak Bluffs resident Maj. Gen. Joe Carter, adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard, for their service to our country.

Jeannie Pierson, OBPD clerk

To Officer David Berube, Officer Chris Oteri, special officer “DJ” Dolan and Adjutant General Joseph Carter: I’m honored to have worked with you and know you, and we all owe you a debt of gratitude for your service.

Oak Bluffs Police Chief Erik Blake, on behalf of the OBPD

To Bradley, Tony, and Vicki Cortez: Thank you for your service. We are so proud of you. Happy New Year.

Love, Bertha

To Michael and Daniel Blake: We love and miss you. We burst with pride over your continued service and sacrifice to this country. Happy New Year.

Love, Mom and Dad

Our greetings go out to Benjamin J. Lapierre, serving in the USMC overseas at Okinawa Japan: Merry Christmas Ben! God bless you and keep you and shine His light upon you. Thank you for your service to our country and its citizens.

Love Mom, Jake, Gordie, and Muttons

To those in military service: Thank you for being there for us. You’re in our thoughts and prayers, not only this time of year, but throughout the year. If you need anything or know of any other soldier who doesn’t get packages or mail, let us know.

Estelle Burnham of Edgartown

On behalf of all the students and staff of the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, I would like to extend holiday greetings and a sincere thanks to all the men and women in uniform whether overseas or here in the United States. We appreciate the sacrifices you and your families make to protect our country.

Special wishes go out to our own Col. Michael Halt. The students and staff of the West Tisbury School are waiting patiently for your return.

Superintendent of schools James Weiss

The American Legion Post 257, Vineyard Haven, would like to wish all the service men and women who are now serving their country, and all those who have served, a very Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.

We thank you for all that you have done to keep our country free and remember all those who have sacrificed their lives for us and support our veterans.

Post Commander Ed Colligan

Happy Holidays to all our men and women serving in the armed forces at home and abroad. Keep up the good work and stay safe.

From the members of the West Tisbury Police Department

The Edgartown Police Department sends holiday greetings to all men and woman serving this great Nation at home and abroad. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Have a safe and happy new year.

To our men and women in uniform: Wherever you serve, you’re in our thoughts and prayers. May you keep safe from harm in the New Year. Thank you for your service.

Janet, Peter and Brien Hefler