Hello friends! I hope you’re having an enjoyable long weekend with your friends and families; but as I say every year, remember that this holiday isn’t about barbecues and mattress sales. Truth be told, it’s not even about the red white and blue. Patriotism on our part isn’t what we’re remembering.
It’s the heroism of the fallen.
Some of them served because of a love of country. Some because they wanted to defend their families. Some because they were angry at things going on in the world and wanted to make a difference. (And face it, some because they just love – and are good at – shooting things.) And some even because the economy left them no other option. Just as we have mixed motivations in anything we do, our service members may well have the same jumbled emotions that caused them to sign up for the military.
But the thing they have in common is their heroism.
Many currently serving will tell you they aren’t brave. They’re not heroic. But compared to a regular ol’ citizen like many of us – they’re heroes. They put their very lives on the line, all to defend people they don’t even know. And too many have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our nation.
Take a few minutes today with your families, and talk about the freedoms that you enjoy today because of those who have given it all for you. Teach your children and grandchildren, lest we forget the valor of the fallen.
This video is about one of those fallen, PFC Dewater. I was priveleged to attend his burial service…and will never forget the impact of that day.
I have been using your cards to write my family during my last two deployments. As I reached in a box to grab another handful, I knew immediately that this card would be going back to you with my sincere thanks!
Thank you for the amazing cards. Thank you for the reminders to write home, which many soldiers need. Thank you for all the smiles these cards bring!
We thank you for all you do! The cards go fast and are appreciated! We wish you the best of this Easter season!
Again, thank you!
I just wanted to thank you again for sending the cards for me and my troops to use. We have returned home, and after reflecting on some days, those cards meant the world to us.
God bless you and Operation Write Home!
I received a box with Mother’s Day cards inside. (Yeah!) You can take me off of the list now because I am headed home in mid-June. The next group is smaller and they will be left with unused cards from our four boxes!
Thank you so much for what you and your volunteers do!
P.S. My Mom loves the cards so much that she saved the ones I sent her from last deployment and gets them back out as holiday decorations each year!
My husband has sent my daughters and I several cards made by OWH. Thank you to all the artists and everyone involved. My husband searches the card box to find ones with a special meaning. For example, he sent a beautiful card with a violin on it to my daughter who recently began lessons. She was thrilled to receive it! My family has been blessed by your kind hearts and generosity.
I received another box of cards from you today. I can’t thank you enough, I was just scrounging around our compound trying to find some more. This will probably be the last box I need, since I will be redeploying (going home) in May.
I can’t express how much your cards have meant to me, my wife, and my four children (ages 5 and under). Thanks to your organization, and our free mail, I have sent them cards every other day for the past 4 months, totaling over 200 cards so far. All of the cards have been of superior quality. Usually I draw a picture inside the card for them. They jump for joy every time they get a card in the mail and rush to open it and color the picture. It’s been an invaluable way to stay in touch and remind them of me while I’m gone during this critical part of their childhood and development.
Thanks again and keep up the good work,
Thanks to you and the gang of crafters for the recent package of new cards! I must admit they are always fantastic and most welcome!
I was saddened by the news of your loss, although I could tell from Ciara’s smile that she had a wonderful life. Hope you’re doing well in adjusting. I’m a fellow dog person and I know it can be tough.
As always, my thanks…
I wanted to say thank you for all you do for my soldiers and for me. Operation Write Home is a phenomenal organization and you guys give SO much. Thank you 1,000,000 times!
I wish I could have met your Ciara. She looked like Buddy, my 10 year old lab at home. They have such huge hearts, these furry animals! I hug Buddy just like you hugged Ciara in the photo. Such love! *
*This is the photo she’s referring to:
We are the lucky recipients of one of your boxes of cards. As a fellow stamper (Stampin Up mostly), I and the crew here are most appreciative of the beautiful cards. I look forward to seeing new boxes and new cards. Cards for kids are great! Girly cards and cards for boys everyone loves mail!
Again, I am really impressed with many of the cards and I try really hard not to take all of my favorites…sometimes I just take pics so I can replicate or borrow the ideas for when I get home…my craft room awaits!
K.W., Djibouti Africa