Saturday, October 31, 2009

For Four Friends Killed by a Road Side Bomb

But in November 2008, Hoover landed in Kandahar as a member of Charlie Troop of the 2nd Battalion of the 106th Cavalry Regiment. He was assigned to Team Crazy Horse, with the task of mentoring and training the Afghan National Police. That force needed help setting up and executing checkpoints and patrols on highways, a job fraught with the threat of roadside bombs.

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

For those who don't make it back

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

For My Two Brothers

I wore a Memorial Bracelet for each of my two brothers for a long time. One brother extracted my Special Forces A Team from Cambodia and a whole bunchy bunch of Khmer Rouge. He got killed doing it. I got two stainless steel ones. One day The Jubjub Bird and Jabberwock and Bandersnatch will be together again.


Life consists of:
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

To Remember Jacob's Ultimate Sacrifice

I wear my Memorial Bracelet for Jacob. I wear it for his smile, for his big, bright blue eyes and I wear it to remember his ultimate sacrifice. I wear it for the inevitable questions, and I wear it for the remembering answers. Each time I tell a snippet of his life, his spirit lives on in someone else. I wear it for his parents, for his friends, and for our continuing quest for the freedoms he fought for.


Thursday, October 08, 2009

To Carry Their Memory Wherever I Go

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

For Charles Angrisani

I received the first order and the Memorial Bracelets are beautiful. Thanks for keeping this great thing that we did in the 60's and 70's alive and well. By the way, the first bracelet I ordered here was of a young kid, Charles Angrisani, who's grave I used to take care of when I was only 15 and working in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, NY. There was a picture of him smiling and I was always taken by the inscription his Mom had engraved on his stone. "Taken from us in the prime of his life preserving the God given right to freedom". I NEVER forgot it and I still frequent his grave. Even though I never knew him I always felt like I did.

God Bless you and keep up the great work that you do.