It's going to be a surprise, so don't tell Edwin Leigh Hollins Jr. that he will be honored Friday morning for his service in World War II.
But if you're in the area, there will be a special presentation at 9 a.m. at Firkins Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, 2700 First St. W.
Edwin's son, Leigh Hollins, wanted to find a special way to honor his father for Veterans Day when he returned to Bradenton from his summer home at the Jersey shore.
Back in July, Leigh read an article in the Bradenton Herald about Firkins buying and displaying a 1943 Willys D-Day jeep.
"I got with John (Gross) at Firkins," he said, "and he was more than willing to honor my dad."
Gross, whose son is in the Coast Guard, is the director of operations at Firkins and found the Willys for the dealership as a tribute to WWII veterans, The jeep is on permanent display.
Leigh said his father, who is 89, was in the U.S. Coast Guard from June 1943 until March 1946.
In May 1944, Edwin was assigned to the USS Harveson, Destroyer Escort 316, and served on DE-316 until he left the service.
Although a Navy vessel, the DE-316 was manned entirely by the Coast Guard and made almost a dozen trans-Atlantic crossings, escorting convoys and defending them from Nazi U-boats.
Edwin has been heavily involved in Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and has a Florida USCG license plate DE-316 as the license number.
Amber Bellinger will be 18 on Saturday and her mother, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles want to wish her a big happy birthday.
The Manatee High School junior is the only female tuba player in the marching band, her aunt said. And she also plays the trombone.
That's the sound of wedding bells for Krystal Weaver and Brent Laudicina, who will say "I do" Saturday.
Riva Lutz has been volunteering at the Trailer Estates Fire Department Auxilary resale store for more than 45 years, and auxiliary president Walt Cole wanted to recognize her.
"She's a sweetheart," Walt said of the 99-year-old Riva. "She greets everyone as they come in and they expect to see her there."
Walt said Riva will turn 100 in January and still has a great sense of humor.
"She loves to tell jokes," he said. "She has a million of them and remembers them all."
The resale store is behind the fire station at 6831
Barbara and Bob Howard will celebrate their 45th anniversary on Wednesday and Bob is still as much in love with Barbara as he was in 1969.
"I got married to a little, blue-eyed, blond cheerleader and we have been chasing rainbows, going to yard sales and putting our faith in God for 45 years," Bob wrote in a note.
The anniversary couple lives in Windmill Village in West Bradenton.