Knowing Their Comrades Are Remembered

Message from field hospital


We got the pillows just in time!!! We were down to three when they arrived. I can’t figure out how you managed to stuff all those pillows into that box. You should have seen us unpacking them. It was like watching popcorn pop (or something like that) they just kept growing. One of our patients almost fell out of bed laughing at us. It was a sight to see. Thank you so much! On behalf of the XXXX staff, YOU’RE THE BEST!!!


Many of you do not know how I do the honoree address labels. Let me see if I can describe it for you. It is a full sheet of paper and at the very top it says THIS SHIPMENT IS IN HONOR OF ************** then their age and who they were deployed with. Then the most difficult part for me is to pick personal information about them. How and where they died and how they are remembered by their family and friends. This section can take up about 1/3 of the address label.

Then comes of course my return address and the address of where we are sending it.

I got an email from one of the hospitals this morning and this is an excerpt from it

“I save the stories that you put on the boxes and hang them in the ward so they can read them. It makes the guys feel better knowing that their comrades are remembered.”


It is difficult and I often cry when I do each one of these labels but they (the families and all those serving) don’t have to worry that their comrades are forgotten.


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