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.