In the 1970's, we wore Prisoner of War (P.O.W.) bracelets. Today, we also keep others in our memories; Victims of Terrorism and Military Casualties. To keep the memory alive of those who have died at the hands of terrorists or fighting terrorism, we now also wear Memorial Bracelets. People from all over the country are wearing bracelets from Memorial Bracelets located at www.memorialbracelets.com for their own very personal reasons. Below are some of the stories that we have received.
|I got two Memorial Bracelets to tell my buddies Harris and Elais that I will never forgot them. We all got to the 701st after they had left for Iraq. We were on Rear D together. We had fun exploring Germany together. They were my comrades and my family. They both took care of me like they were my older brothers (I was 18, in Germany, and almost always in trouble). I remember the day I found out Harris died. I was on gate guard at Camp Spiecher. A convoy rolled in and said someone from 12 Chem died. I was sick to my stomach. I knew it was one of my friends. I remember sitting at his momorial; I remembered all those nights Harris knock on my door, wanting to bum a smoke, or asking if I had a phone card. I would give anything for him to knock on my door again. When I left Iraq the first time, it left like we were forgetting someone. It was a happy day and a sad day. I did not hear about Elais right away. I left for Ft. Bragg and lost contact with my buddies. I was in Iraq the second time when I heard about Elais. I was catching up on old times with some friends still in Germany. When Johnson told me, my heart stopped. I remembered when I had alittle to much to drink one night. Elais carried me for a mile home, only to find out that I had locked myself out. I remember waking up on his bed. I looked over and saw that he was sleeping on his floor. He had given me all the pillows and blankets. He looked so uncomfortable. I miss my two older brothers so much. I wish I had them to still watch me and protect me. I will never forgot you guys. I love you guys.|
My name is MA2 Chris Urias…I am a Navy dog handler…both my kennel supervisor and myself wear our Memorial Bracelets in remembrance of our former dogs. I was deployed to Kuwait with my Military Working Dog in JAN 2007. During that deployment I was scheduled to leave in JULY 2007 along with my partner back to our home station. Shortly after my replacement arrived on station, his partner passed away and I was forced to leave my partner with my replacement. I soon transferred duty stations after returning home never seeing my partner again. I have since learned that he has returned home safely and will not be going on any other deployments in the near future.
My kennel supervisor wears his Memorial Bracelet also in remembrance but under different circumstances. His Military Working Dog was from a different program all together. They had teamed up in 2004 and went through 6 months of training before reaching their ultimate duty station. Shortly thereafter, his team deployed to Iraq for 7 months. Upon return from his deployment him and his partner were assigned to numerous high level security details in and around the U.S. for high level dignitaries such as Heads of State…former Presidents…and other guests of the U.S. Around FEB 2007 his partner was diagnosed with cancer and again he was tasked for another deployment to Iraq. Unfortunately his partner was too sick to go along for the deployment so he was partnered with another MWD and continued on his deployment. Shortly after deploying his 1st partner was put to sleep due to his illness. My kennel supervisor wasn’t notified until after his return to the states about his former partner.
I felt that this was a good way to remember both of our former partners.
NAS Fallon Security Det.
I just recieved my Memorial Bracelet yesterday morning, and I really like it a lot. I especially like it being personalized. The reason I wanted one of these bracelets is just to show my support. I wore a POW bracelet from the Viet Nam era for years. I had a couple of appointments yesterday and was asked by a few people people what the bracelet was all about, and I was happy to tell them.I found your website by luck, as I was just looking for a bracelet that would remind me of the men and women who need support. I was always proud to wear my Viet Nam bracelet, and I will be proud to wear this bracelet as well. I had ordered a couple of different other bracelets from other web sites, but I do like the personalization on this bracelet, and will be wearing it.Brenda
The Memorial Bracelet is greatI have been working on the recovery of my cousin, CPL Robert L. Ziegler for many years. He and his crew members are a shining example of how political struggle can frustrate the recovery of our service members. I am told by our government that a request for permission to search for his aircraft and eleven crewmembers has been submitted several times since 2006. I am getting old and would like to see this resolved before I pass on. At the very least, they deserve to be recovered and returned to their homeland and buried on American soil. Thank you for your support.
This is my story for ordering the Memorial Bracelet. I have been deployed to Iraq since April 4,2008. I am an Army Reserve Nurse working in the emergency room of a local Combat Support Hospital. I am also a flight nurse who cares and transports our critically wounded soldiers to a larger hospital for care. I am sending this bracelet to my husband in Florida to let him know I love him and will be back soon.
It will also remind people that we are still here and still fighting a war, some people seem to have forgotten.
Thanks for your support.
345th CSH - COB Speicher
I ordered a Memorial Bracelet in remembrance of Lean Atteridge. He and I went to high school together. I joined the Navy in July 1964, served two Vietnam tours 1965 and 1966 and was discharged in 1967. Leon was drafted into the Army in 1967 and died in combat near Hue in Mar 1968.
Folks now are epitomizing Iraq and Afghanistan vets yet seem to continue to forget Vietnam vets who died in an unpopular war. I decided to remind them all that there have been plenty of veterans of prior wars who also need to be remembered in their thoughts and prayers of thanks for the freedom we continue to enjoy.
We will wear our Memorial Bracelets in memory of our son, Sgt. John E. Allen, a Medic for the US Army. He was KIA, in Ghazaliah, Iraq, on 17 March 2007, by IED.