The Messenger. 05.12.08
Pvt. First Class Alex Martin, a former resident of Union City and the son of Judy Martin McBride of Union City, is serving with the U.S. Army as a communications specialist with the 251st Military Police Unit in Baghdad. He will be 24 years old May 31.
His mother is trying to organize a special birthday greeting for him and is asking that all who would like to help him mark this special day to send him a card. She plans to collect these cards and send them to him in bulk and must have them collected by May 19. Cards may be dropped off at Century 21 real estate, Lanzer Printing, ATA accounting firm, 5 Seasons Men’s Shop, Higher Ground Coffee Co., First United Methodist Church or KYTN/Thunderbolt Broadcasting, all in Union City. Mrs. McBride will also pick up cards from those who contact her.
Pvt. Martin is the father of Riley Martin, who frequently visits his grandparents in Union City.
“I asked myself the question, ‘What do I do to make Alex’s birthday a special day?’ I don’t actually know what he will be doing at any given time, so I thought that receiving a big box full of a multitude of birthday cards/wishes from people who are willing to wish a soldier a ‘Happy Birthday’ would be fitting. I feel that this will be a great uplifting gesture and hopefully it will be a birthday that Alex will always remember. The more cards I can send, the more memorable his birthday will be. I would like to make his birthday this year as special as possible, given the circumstances of war,” said Mrs. McBride.