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A Local Airman Sends a Unique Valentine from Afghanistan

Valentines-Day-2014.coverOne year ago, we began brainstorming an idea to post simple Valentine messages on our digital sign for the impending holiday. Little did we know, we had stumbled onto an idea that would traverse over 7500 miles.

Valentine’s Day 2013, we began posting a series of valentines from our Facebook followers to their special someones, via the digital sign that sits high atop our offices here at Adventure Signs in Claremore. Among the requests that came in, we had one with seemingly more gravity than usual from a deployed airman. Local Claremore native David Steward, then deployed to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, approached us online to get a message to his new bride in Claremore. Little did he know that his wife, Seire, was thinking of Valentine wishes on much the same scale. In fact, the exact same scale. Unknown to the other, they both approached us independently to write their own Valentine message to the other in lights. We couldn’t help but oblige such an obvious opportunity to bridge the gap between them, even if for mere moments.

On a day when a lot of couples spend lunch together, or a nice dinner enjoying each other’s company, this particular couple was orchestrating a way to have Seire drive by to notice the Valentine wishes. We were blessed to see and capture the moment.

Afghanistan-ValentineFor eight seconds, we were able to witness them in a genuine moment. As she read the words from her deployed husband, “I carry your heart with me. -David” she was overjoyed as she grabbed a quick picture with her phone. David later said, “…it was a moment that caught us both off guard, it was truly special.”

We were so impressed with the Valentine response last year. We will once again be turning our sign into a proverbial love machine. Be sure to let someone special to you know how much you care this Valentine’s Day. To get your message in lights, all you have to do is tag your post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #lovemore2014 and we will take care of it. We will run messages through Valentine’s Day.

To see more from the crew at Adventure Signs be sure to check them out at http://signsbyadventure.com and follow them on the interwebs as @adventure_signs.

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