On Wednesday morning, A Hero’s Welcome will be honoring Mr. Ron Wilkins, Dad to one of our own, Debbie Mullane. Ron is a WWII Veteran of the British Royal Navy and was an ally of the United States. Ron is in his last days and is now on hospice. Linda Simon, Veteran Liaison with Compassus Hospice will be presenting Ron with a special certificate of appreciation and she wanted us to join her and make a short visit with Ron.
Rally Time: 8:45 am, Ksu 9:00 am
Rally Point: Address: 451 W Ridge Pike, Royersford, PA 19468
Debbie had this to say about her Dad when we visited him a few months ago.
Ronald Wilkins is a 92 year old WWII British Royal Navy Veteran. He was an Able Seaman who served as a gunner on the HMS Exmoor, a Hunt Class Escort Destroyer. During the Second World War, Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine (Nazi Germany’s Navy) attempted to blockade the United Kingdom using submarines (U-boats) operating in this area. Since almost all shipping to and from the United Kingdom passed through the Atlantic Ocean, it was an excellent hunting ground and had to be heavily defended as our ally troops passed through.
My Dad entered my life when I was seven years old. My biological father had passed when I was five years old. He willingly took on the role of being my Dad, and along with my Mom, has stood by my side through some pretty rough times.
Silent Strong Dad
He never looks for praises
He’s never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He’s there…. A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.
Thank you for your service and Dad, thanks for everything that you have done – you are to me what to earth is the sun.