Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
When I was a freshman in an AFJROTC unit I was reading an article in Airman magazine about a school that turns men into supermen. It was an article about the rigors of Air Force Pararescue training and they followed one PJ candidate, Jason D. Cunningham. When I was done with the article I knew that I had discovered something special. To me, this was the best job in the military. Their sole mission is to save people. For a freshman I was awestruck and had for a time that's all I wanted to be. I still entertain thoughts of trying to be one of these few that put their lives on the line for no other reason than "so that others may live." A maxim that we could all try to live by. About three years later I was reading an article in I Air Force Times where a young Pararescueman by the name of Jason Cunningham was killed while trying to save the crew of a downed helicopter on the side of an afghan mountain. At first I was struck by a sense of familiarity. I knew the name, but couldn't put my finger on it. Searching through my archives of Air Force magazines I came across the original article. I was shocked and stunned. I was saddened by the fact that he was killed, but also somewhat happy because he made it through training and he was doing something that he loved. I ordered a Memorial Bracelet, will wear the band, so that we may never forget of the ultimate sacrifice. Giving one's life so "that others may live."
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
From the time my oldest daughter was about 5 years old she has consistantly asked if she could have my bracelet to wear, I always decline. She is 19 years old now & just completed Basic Training and AIT in the U.S. Army. I've ordered her a duplicate of my bracelet so that LT. Wickham will be remembered daily for another 21 years.
I will be retiring my bracelet soon, replacing it with a bracelet in memory of my Uncle , Capt. Frederick Allen Burroughs (1955 - 2007), who was a Firefighter/EMT killed in the line of duty.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I knew that my husband was very upset by this, so I wanted to do something special for him.
Since my husband was a Yuck (sophomore) at West Point, he has been wearing a Memorial Bracelet for a soldier who died in Iraq. He never knew the man, but he wore the bracelet every day. I am talking every day, like even to our wedding.
This sparked an idea in my head. I ordered him a bracelet for his friend Andrew. I knew he would be sad to stop wearing his old one, but that he would really appreciate having this new one. I was right. He hasn't taken it off since I gave it to him.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
My name is Nicholas B. Bradley and on 3 Aug 2008 I was operating a vehicle in a US convoy threw Kabul, Afghanistan when our vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. Sgt. Jaime “Gonzo” Gonzalez was the passenger in my vehicle. He was also a close friend. This is the reason I wear a Memorial Bracelet. Thanks.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I have recently returned from deployment with the 56th SBCT to OIF and during that deployment we suffered two KIA; SSG Baum and SPC Edmundson. I will proudly wear both KIA bracelets as a tribute to these two soldiers I had the honor to serve alongside and to their sacrifice and that of their families. As a soldier with 16 years Active Duty, I will continue on with my military career with a renewed sense of pride and honor.
TONIA M. B.
PA Med Det
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
|I got this Memorial Bracelet custom-engraved for my Dad for a Christmas present. His father fought in World War II from 1944-1947, serving in Germany and Korea. Two years ago, my grandfather passed away after deteriorating health conditions. I wanted something to give my Dad that could be passed down to my younger brother and his children when he gets older. I wanted something that would be a reminder of my grandpa's life and all he gave to his family.|
Monday, December 07, 2009
I was looking for something special for my wife for a Christmas present. Having been in the military I am very familuar with the POW/MIA Bracelets. Both of our sons serve and I could think of no better gift than a bracelet for her showing her support of both her sons. So...one says God Bless and Protect my son, Colton B. Stoks, Army National Guard..and the other says God Bless and Protect my son, Gus J. Patrick IV, United States Marine Corps.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I ordered and will wear faithfully my Memorial Bracelet for PFC Patrick S. Fitzgibbon for several reasons. I have grown quite attached to his family and extended family and they have included me as a part of their family. I am a Senior Ride Captain with the Patriot Guard Riders so it’s not as if I have not handled KIA missions before as I have handled too many, but for some reason this particular family has grown roots in my heart, I love each and every one of them. I am sure that once the family sees this bracelet there will be more ordered from your business.
Senior Ride Captain
Patriot Guard Riders
Monday, November 09, 2009
|I wear an Active Duty Bracelet to support my son, who is an officer in the United States Army. It is all he has wanted since he was in 6th grade. I am very proud of my son and want everyone to know it.|
I wore a POW Bracelet in the 1960-70's while in high school and after I graduated. In all the moves I made, I misplaced my bracelet, until recently. I was cleaning out a cupboard and went through a box and found my bracelet. I went to the web and found my returned POW, a United States Navy pilot. I am so excited. I live in California and he is in Texas and we are trying to figure out a way to meet each other so I can give him the bracelet I wore. He has written a book and wants to trade.
I encourage everyone to wear a bracelet to honor past or present service people. They are worth it and it means so much to them.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
My 26th birthday was around the corner and my mother asked me what I wanted. I told her a Memorial Bracelet. It was something I always wanted, but unfortantly couldn't afford on my own. So I thought this was the perfect time to be able to get one. I remember as a child my Mother always wore one and I said when I was bigger, that I would wear one too. When my Mother asked me which one I would like, I picked a young 23 year old army PFC by the name Bowe Bergdahl. He is a POW in AFGHANISTAN. I was very specific on his name. My mother asked me why him and I told her I did research on him and his story broke my heart. And I wanted some one from my "generations war". So now my Mother, who lives in Mass, wears the same one as I do. I live in Jacksonville, NC (there is a big Marine Corps base down here). I have a brother in the Army National Guard. My husband served 4 years in the USMC. We are a military family w/ many friends in different branches. I can't tell you how much my heart goes out to all the familys and to the men and women who serve our country I am so proud to be an american and even prouder to be able to say it freely.
Thanks to all and god bless....
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Just over four months into his deployment, Hoover watched from a gun turret as the truck in front of him hit a roadside bomb. The explosion killed four of his friends and a local interpreter. The names of those who died are engraved in a Memorial Bracelet he wears.
"There's shock ... the enemy just killed your men. There's a lot of anger," Hoover said. "You try to keep it out of your head ... but obviously there's not a day when I don't think about it."
Monday, October 26, 2009
|I served in OIF ('05-'06) and began wearing one while there. It finally broke today and I told my wife I had to order another Memorial Bracelet. She wanted me to order her one also. I selected two fallen soldiers from our hometown. |
I wear one to remember those who aren't fortunate enough to make it back alive. It also helps to keep things in perspective when things aren't going my way or when I'm having a bad day.
Friday, October 16, 2009
What you want.
What you need.
What you deserve.
What you end up with.
What you do with what you get.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
|I wear a Memorial Bracelet because two guys I worked with when I was stationed in Germany. One of them, a close friend of mine, was killed in Iraq. One of them left behind five kids. They were good people and good friends. They died heroes and I want to remember them. This is the best way, now I carry them where ever I go. I will miss them very much!|
Monday, October 05, 2009
God Bless you and keep up the great work that you do.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thank you for your service gentlemen, you were never forgotten.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
|I purchased my original POW/MIA bracelet sometime in the 60's while in the Air Force. I wore it for a number of years and then put it away. I came across it about a year ago and started wearing it again. It developed a crack so I ordered a new one with Cmdr. Stanley E. Olmstead, USN on it like the original. I wear the new one now and have put the original away again.|
Friday, August 28, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thank you for making a product that helps us support each other and our friends.
SGT David and SPC Nancy
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I just order a firefighters Memorial Bracelet, in honor of 911 fire fighters who lost there lives in the line of duty. My husband just retired from the fire department after 30 years of service.
I had bought a P.O.W. bracelet back in the early 80 's. Just gave it to my son. So I just bought another one for myself. Plenty of my friend's kids are in the service now.
And May God Bless Each And Everyone.
Monday, July 13, 2009
We cried, we laughed, we hugged. I got to know Sgt Ronald Coffelt. The solider, the father, the husband. A man who died for our freedom. This is a move I will never forget. I bought the Memorial Bracelet to remember the fact that I had the honor to help and meet Sgt Ronald Coffelt's family.
St Paul, NC
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
The first I lost when I was Med-Evaced. Not a day will go by that I
will remember 20 June 2008. Some things you will never forget, and
some, no matter how hard you try, you can't forget every painful detail.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I wear my Memorial Bracelet for my fallen comrade Cpl. Richard Bennett who paid the ultimate sacrifice while flying on an AH-1W SuperCobra he was testing during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. Misfit 42, we will never forget you "Lonewolf".
Sgt. Gregory Branch
HMLA-169 Flightline Division, USMC
Currently in Al Anbar Province, Iraq
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Maj San D. Francisco graduated and commissioned from our detachment some years ago. As a 1st Lt during the Vietnam war, he was deployed to serve his country. On 25 Nov 68, while riding backseat in an F-4, he and his pilot were shot down. Though both ejected and landed safely, radio contact with Francisco was lost about half an hour later. A combat search and rescue was scrambled to go in the same day, but was unable to get to the pilots due to small arms fire near the area of the crash. The next day, Maj Morrison (the other pilot) was able to reestablish communication with a Forward Air Controller (FAC) but when the rescuers arrived on scene, the weather had gotten worse and were unable to make visual contact with Morrison. No contact was ever reestablished with either of the two. On 26 Nov, a Vietnamese newspaper congratulated the people responsible for downing an F-4 and capturing both pilots. The two were listed as POWs. Unfortunately, after the release of many POWs in 1973, neither of the two were among those lucky enough to make it back home. Since then, Francisco's status has been changed to MIA and has also been promoted to the rank of Major.
Lt Rowbotham (the senior who told me the story) then took off the bracelet--which I had never seen him without in the two years I'd known him--and told me that it was traditon for a graduating senior to hand down the bracelet to either a freshman or sophomore on or around commissioning night. That night, the bracelet was being transfered over to my care and to be placed under my responsiblity. He went on to say that after our Detachment found out about what had happened to Francisco, the Det (detachment) bough a bunch of these bracelets. Over the years, people have lost them or kept them, with the exception of this one bracelet which has stayed in the Det. It went without saying, though he made a point of it, to NOT LOSE IT. The second part of the this tradition is that every person who has worn the bracelet has gotten a coveted pilot slot. Now I had a lot riding on me not to both lose the bracelet or break the "good luck" which came with it...I needed to get a pilot slot my junior year.
Two years, and a wicked tan line, have gone by since I was given the bracelet. This Saturday (13 Jun '09), I will ask a certain cadet (sophomore) to talk with me in private. I'll tell him the story of Maj Francisco. I'll also tell him, though it goes without saying, not to lose it. And I'll explain the tradition behind the bracelet. I'll tell him that every cadet who has worn it has gotten a pilot slot (I'll be going to Laughlin AFB, TX in Dec and will begin my pilot training there!) He will have two years to find a worthy cadet. A cadet that will make it through the program, that knows how to push it up, and is very likely to get a pilot slot, but most importantly, a cadet that will be proud to wear Francisco's personal memorial.
Two years have gone by, and I've grown very attached to keeping the faith alive that San Francisco is still out there fighting a war to come home, and I will NEVER forget him (and my other brothers/sisters). That is why I just bought a new bracelet. Not one to break tradition, I'll hand over this bracelet, and will soon be sporting a new one that I will keep until San Francisco is found and comes home. Thank you for taking the time to hear this story...and for still remembering that we have warriors still out there who need to come home. God bless!
2d Lieutenant Michael Rivera, USAF
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I remember how my heart broke for all those people, all those babies. April 19th, I will always remember that an AMERICAN killed his own people.
I will always remember those babies and their broken bodies.
And I will wear my Memorial Bracelet to never forget, to remind others of what domestic terrorism can do.
I remember Chase and Cole Smith's mother. I think of her every April 19th. I will wear Chase's name with pride. Pride that his life, so short, was not a waste but a sacrifice.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Ms T. - the second biggest troop supporter you never heard of...
My heroes wear combat boots. If you don't stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
"There is no better feeling than helping those who really need it"
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
I ordered a Memorial dog tag because my former boyfriend Chris, died in
Afghanistan on 3/2009. This tag will remind me that he was dedicated
to his family, friends and country. He belived in change. I will be
always reminded of him and his heroic actions.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Wm. Dreese, Sgt. (ret) US Army Infantry
3/41 Inf, 2nd Armored Div.
Persian Gulf War, 90-91
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
US Army 87'-90'
Emergency Communications, Baytown EOC
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
Hello...I found out about your website from a customer at work who was wearing a Memorial Bracelet in remembrance of her uncle....I recognized the type of bracelet because i wore one for many years for an MIA/POW during/after Vietnam...I had thought of getting a bracelet with my childhood friends name on it that died on flight 77, September 11, 2001....but I am reminded everyday so it wouldn't help...so instead, I thought of remembering my parents....thank you for having this website...i have told friends who now wear your bracelets....take care
Friday, February 06, 2009
When I was a kid my grandmother and both parents wore POW/MIA bracelets. I wanted one for myself when I got to be about 11 or 12 years old. I decided that I wanted a random name but a Marine as my father was (and still is) in the Marine Corps. I received a bracelet with the name of Sgt Samuel E. Hewitt. I lost the bracelet a few years later while swimming in the ocean but I never forgot the name. I took many trips to The Wall in D.C. and got rubbings of his name each time. I went off and joined the Marines myself and did two tours in Iraq. No matter how much I had going on, his name was never far from my thoughts. I made a promise to Sgt Hewitt some years ago to never forget. I never have and I never will. With or without a bracelet. The POW/MIA bracelet is just a reminder to others and to their families that they will never be forgotten.
I got my order yesterday. They were the black Memorial Dog Tags. I was truly moved when I got them.I found out about www.MemorialBracelets.com from the leather bracelets my son gave me for Christmas. He wears the black memorial cuff every day that he received from a mom whose son was killed in their deployment. He knew I would love to have one.There was another group of his men that were killed in a separate incident during that same deployment and he knew I would want to honor them as well so he ordered a leather bracelet for each incident in honor of these heroes. The leather bracelets were too large for me to wear so I checked on your web site intending to order one cuff honoring all 7 heroes but since all the names wouldn't fit I ordered the black dog tags to wear. Of course I can't hide the leather bracelets so I have them attached to my purse.I will continue to wear them to honor our heroes.Thank you
Saturday, January 24, 2009
|I ordered both Memorial Bracelets due to the fact that both William Neil and William Jefferson were great friends. I was in the same truck with both of them the night they were killed. Its hard to lose great friends, but you can't let there memories fade. Remember there sacrifice always.|
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009