It is with great regret that this post is going up. Horrible news about Raycom’s VP of Marketing, ANNE ADKINS. Anne’s son MATTHEW BOLAR was killed last week while on his second tour of duty in Iraq. Matthew, a name that translates as ‘gift from God’, was just 24. Army Spc. Bolar was serving with the 1st Battalion of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Richardson in Anchorage Alaska. He was a Ranger as well as a medic.
An improvised explosive device detonated near the humvee in which he was riding. Matthew wasn’t seriously hurt until he went to the aid of an injured soldier. His instinctive action of taking care of his fellow soldier, reaching out to help, was how Matthew spent his last moments on earth.
Always thinking of others, Matthew had volunteered for his second duty assignment because he was single and did not have children, and felt that so many of the other soldiers who did should not have to leave behind their families.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 12 at Eastmont Baptist Church, 4505 Atlanta Highway in Montgomery, Alabama. Please call 334-277-6300 for specifics. The service is scheduled for 2 with visitation at 1. He will be buried with full military honors on Wednesday, May 16 in Arlington National Cemetery in the DC area.
The family has asked that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association (click here)
Like all mothers, Anne talked of him often. She is not alone in her heartbreak. Those who know Anne, or have worked with her, or have children ourselves, are sending her prayers, energy and thoughts. Most of the planet can feel, but can’t always express, what the heart is experiencing. Creative people are blessed with a pipeline to the heart that runs in two directions. Please take your talents and let the family, and Anne, know that their sorrow is shared. “Sharing joy is double joy –shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”