Below are messages from Soldiers' Angels to their Heroes for the 4th of JulyThese messages are from books that Willie and the Soldiers' Angels put together for wounded heroes in Landstuhl. Some messages are for all of our Heroes.Unfortunately, the blogger was being a bit temperamental over the last couple of days, so I'm unable right now to post all the pictures Willie sent. I'll try to get them up in the next few days' posts.
1 book was delivered to the Fisher House, and 4 are at Kleber Barracks.
Happy Birthday to the U.S.A. Still looking good I must say
Past two-hundred and going strong. My country, right or wrong
I still salute the flag. And stand when the anthem plays
I am proud to say I'm an American. And proud of the U.S.A.
Dear Wounded military in Landstuhl
We want you to know that you are in our prayers. Freedom demands a big cost and you are paying so much for it.
Thank you for serving our great USA and helping bring freedom to other parts of the world.We greatly appreciate your sacrifices.
Jerry and Ann Gilman in Oregon
If we can do anything for you let us know!
Wilhelmine (Willie) Aufmkolk
"May No Soldier Go Unloved"
To Our Soldiers:
I am writing to you from Ocala, Florida with love and words of encouragement. I am so proud of all of you over there. I know it is hard. But just remember that all of America appreciates what you are doing. We couldn't be the great country that we are without what you are doing for us. My father served in Vietnam twice. I recently lost both of my parents (within two and a half months of each other). I miss them terribly. I remember my father telling me stories of how unappreciated he and others felt. Our country did not show them the respect that was due them. I remember the pain in my dad's eyes when he talked about serving in Vietnam. Now it is not that way. Thank God! We do appreciate what you are doing for us. You are our heroes!!! You are respected and adored by all of America!
When you are feeling down in the dumps, just remember how much we care! If there is anything I can get do to help you during your time away from home, just let me know. You can go to my website and find our how we are helping the soldiers overseas. Then just send me an email and I'll get back in touch with you right away.
Take care and God Bless,
Special 4th of July greetings to all our servicemen and women. Wishing a Speedy Recovery to all of our wounded. God Bless You dear Soldier and Thank You for the Gift of your Service to America.
I want you to know I appreciate your service and sacrifice to our great country. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't keep you in my heart and prayers. Please remember that you are appreciated and loved, and will never be forgotten.
Be Strong, and Stand Tall
Soldier's Angel Robin- From Southern California
For all our soldiers and airmen and women
Thank you! Your sacrifice and courage is a true inspiration and gives us such pride. As Flag Day and Fourth of July approach this year, I am reminded of what you are fighting for. As I look at our American Flag or I hear the National Anthem played at many events this time of year, I hold my hand over my heart proudly and shed a tear for those who have paid the ultimate price for us to have the many freedoms we all enjoy. That flag stands for our freedom, our absolute joys and decisions not censored by any government. What a privelege! It is because of YOU that we enjoy these and others in the world will one day also. I pray they will achieve that soon. You are in our prayers as you recover and know that you and what you are going through will not be forgotten.
Koryn Hutchison (Angel to Othneil)
Sembach Air Base, Germany
Thank you for being so brave. I hope you have a speedy recovery and get to be with your loved ones soon,
Thank you for your service,
Patti and Jeff Bader
HAPPY JULY 4TH
To all of our brave and courageous Military. We salute you. You are the bravest people I know and from my family to each of you THANK YOU. You are in our thoughts and prayers until you are all home safe.
Happy 4th of July to all of our wonderful heroes!
I am so proud of you and Iam honored to be able to write to you to thank you for the sacrifices you've made on behalf of this country. I know you are all the reason I have the many freedoms I have today, and for that I cannot thank you enough. Please know that you are all so wonderful and amazing, and this Pennsylvania girl will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers! God bless!
Laura A. Mottram
Happy 4th of July from Berlin, Germany
Hey guys! This is to send to all of you a BIG HELLO and GET WELL from Berlin to Landstuhl. Yes - that's right - there are even Angels in Berlin, Germany! Didn't expect that I bet. I am supporting a squad of B co 1/24th Inf. Rgt. SBCT and I am really thankful that Willie gives me -and everybody else- the opportunity to let YOU guys know, my heart goes out to you wishing you the very best and a speedy recovery. You guys are the best.I want you to keep your heads up, concentrate on recovering and always try to think positive. There is always a reason for why things happen, people we meet, places we go to - I truly believe in that. We won't know in the beginning what sense things make but as time goes by and as we keep our hearts and minds open we will indeed find answers to our questions. Trust in that - always. Also I urge you to trust in your very own abilities and strength - we allhave a tremendous amount of strength in us -you just don't know yet. But this strength is there, deep inside of you and it will help you to solveand live through anything that comes up in the future! I know that!
We owe you so much, there are no words to express how grateful I am for youall to go out there, willing to put your life on the line day by day. And today you are paying a price, that we - "ordinary citiziens" - will never beable to pay you back. This book right here is only one small way to expressour lasting gratitude to you. Always remember - you are not left alone inthe journey that lies ahead of you. Families and friends will be by yourside and support you, strangers - like me - do and institution like theSoldier's Angels look out for you, lobbying for your causes even in D. C.! You will be doing ok, there is no doubt in my mind. Take very good care of yourselves and EACH OTHER, look out for your buddy,never walk alone - just like you did in the field - he needs you. I do hope that you will have the chance to celebrate this 4th of July insome small way. Remember you are always thought of and prayed for by family and friends!
Lots of love
Ulrike Wheeler, Berlin, Germany
Dear Patriots,Celebrating with you, the Spirit of the Red, White, and Blue!
God Bless America, and God Bless you!"
May God keep you, and may we, all of us, keep God." ~~ Ronald Reagan
Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th July
I want to thank each and every one of you for doing you job - for keeping us all safe. You are my Hero. Our family is so blessed to have you defending freedom. God bless you and your family.
Seattle loves the troops. There are so many people who stand beside you in your effort to make this world a better place.
If you ever come to Seattle let me know we can have a cold or a hot one :>)
God bless our troops - walk by faith not by sight
Dear Soldier:You don't know me but I know you. I know that you willingly enlisted into the military to serve and protect our great country, and for that, YOU ARE A HERO!!!. Words cannot express the gratitude we folks at home feel for our military. THANK YOU. Without you we wouldn't be celebrating another INDEPENDENCE DAY.
Proud mom of two soldiers,
We pray that all of you come home safely and quickly. You're doing such a special job for the United States of America and the rest of the world. We send packages every month to many of our troops to share - to let you know that you are all in our thoughts every day.
Pam and Russ Jones
Cottonboro Farm/New Hampshire/USA
as I celebrate the 4th of July..
I will think of you and know that my ability to celebrate being FREE is because of you and the many, many soldiers that came before you. Thank you for what you are doing, your sacrifices... May God Bless you and bring you back to the USA soon.
Bonnie/- Alabama angel
As we prepare to celebrate our independence, please know that we will take the extra time to say a prayer for each and every one of you. For your service to our country and the sacrifices that you make for those of us back home each and every day, we will be eternally greatful!
You all truly are the best of the best. Thank you for being our heroes!
Joanna and Dakota Frazier, Soldiers Angels Alabama
Thank you for your service to our country, and to the world. I am so sorry you have been injured. May God heal you rapidly! You are my hero - you probably aren't comfortable being called a hero, but you are one! Each day that I can live my life freely here is due to your efforts. Just know how much you are appreciated. You are in my prayers as are your loved back home.
With utmost respect,
Soldiers Angels in Germany
Thank you Soldiers!
We are glad that we can support you!
"May No Soldier Go Unloved"
I like to wear the colors
Red white and blue
For I am an American
And proud of it too
I gladly stand by our flag
Our president and troops
Who defend our country
As they fight within groups
We stand for freedom
And for world peace
We pray for other nations
That terror may cease
Nations may hate us
For all that we do
But this is America
The red, white and blue
Happy 4th of July
For our wounded heroes...
I wish I could truly put into words my sincere appreciation for your service to our country. A lifetime's worth of gratitude would not be nearly enough. I do thank you and praise you for your incredible bravery, honor, commitment, dedication...your many tremendous sacrifices. You do, everyday, what I cannot even begin to imagine doing. You wear the uniform with pride and you serve your country selflessly. For that, I am very grateful to you and for that, you have my deepest respect and admiration. You are in the hearts, thoughts and prayers of countless. Believe it! Sending you lots of caring thoughts for a quick recovery and keeping you in my daily prayers. Our military ROCKS!! HOOAH!! God bless you and thank you for ALL that you do.
NJ Soldiers' Angel
4th of July Greetings for Wounded in Landstuhl!
My family and I would like to say a big Thank You for the sacrifices you have gone through for not only us but our whole country. We are thinking of you all everyday and night and keep you in our prayers. We hope things are going good for you now and hope you have a wonderful 4th of July. Well as wonderful as can be. Thanks again from the middle of our hearts. Take care and God bless you!!
The Read Family
Serena, Shawn, Jayton & Justina Read
Family Website: http://horses.gotpetsonline.com/website
Greeting from Oregon!
I wish you the best as you heal. I am a retired Navy Nurse from the Vietnam era. Thank you for the fine work that you do for all of us in USA. We are proud of each ans everyone of you. You are our heroes! I will include all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Your bravery and sacrifice for me and the rest of America is appreciated. Take care and come home soon.
Susan Green Cooksey PhD, WHCNP, PNP, RN, FSAM
Certified Menopause Clinician
Lead Practitioner, Women's Health Initiative Center for Health Research
I Want You...
To Have a Great 4th of July
Wear the colors proudly
Put them on display
Today's a celebration
For the good ole USA
Stars and stripes of freedom
We so proudly wave
America the beautiful
Home of the free and brave
So go ahead and celebrate
Enjoy yourself today
Hats off to America
God bless the USA
GREETINGS AND BEST WISHES FROM THE BAKERS IN MISSOURI
Thank you for doing what you do that lets us keep doing what we do!!!
Elaine, Mark and Alex
Remember that While many stand behind our flag, our soldiers stand in front
I'm Anna 27 year Swedish living in Sweden. I just wanna share my thoughts about why I support the troops. And say THANK YOU for all you do. I started my troopsupport in Dec 2002 I tripped on a yahooprofile for a marine and he had his addy on and I wrote him a TY mail. He wrote back and was so appreciative that someone wrote him. In same round I got invited to join a yahoo militarysupportgroup. I joined and bumped into a WONDERFUL lady named Kim Busch. I haven't met anyone then Patti founder of SA that do so much for the troops.
She showed a TY snailmail she got from a soldier and I thought...you can snailmail troops? Thats GREAT I wanna do that too. So I asked her for some addys and since then I been writing the troops. It took a while before I got replies but after my first TY Email I got I was STUCK. My heart just melted and I thougt I have to keep write the troops it mean the world to them.So ever since I been kept writing to the troops and I LOVE it. I been writing 400 so far but as long there is a soldier needing an Angel I will be there. NO MATTER what. My Swedish friends think I'm weird... LOL and maybe I am but I'm weird being an angel I WANNA be weird... It's NOT popular writing the troops in Sweden so far of all 9 millions here I'm the only one writing. I tried and tried getting friends and other involved but it's just cold no thanks. It makes me feel down I wish they know how wonderful the heros are and how WONDERFUL it feels to receive a TY from the ones you write. I have US flagpin that I wear on my jacket everywhere I go people give me "looks" but I won't take it off NEVER. The heros die for that flag and it's my RIGHT to wear it.
I even been called racist and had a women spit after me.... But I don't care at all I will continue support my heros as long there is a war and as long they need. My friends sees me with my letters and says Why do you waste money on that? You don't have much money. Have you forgot you are not an American? Why do you care? Then I say as Demi Moore in the movie A few Good Men. Cause these guys stands on the walls taking the bullets for us. They watch our backs and make sure we all are free. They guarding us at morning when we go to work, at afternoon when we go home and at nights they watch so we can go to sleep without being scared. I remind my friends about WW2 and says.. What kind of world would we have without those soldier who fought against Hitler, Mussolini and the Japanese?
Not a world I would want to live in. So even I'm Swedish I truly care about the troops and love them with ALL my heart. They are my heros and even I'm the only one in Sweden supporting them they should know there is at least one in Sweden saying TY and well done hero.
Without the troops I wouldn't have the freedom to write this, so THANK YOU troops TY for all you do. You guys are the BEST. Have a HAPPY BLESSED 4thh July it's cause of YOU we can celebrate it.
HUGS n LOVE
Anna a.k.a Li'lSarge
Kathy Gregory, Manager Fisher House Landstuhl and Willie with the backpacks for the wounded soldiers at LRMC http://www.armyfisherhouses.org/testsite/landstuhl3.html
America has been hit hard
Crippled some people would say
Let's all pull together
This special Independence Day
Make new friends with a stranger
Help someone who is in need
Keep our nation from danger
Pray God will let our leaders succeed
Write letters to the soldiers
That are fighting for You and I
Thank them for guarding our country
So our freedom won't die
Spend time with your family
Because time sure does fly
God bless You and America
Happy Fourth of July.
Dear Wounded Heroes,
We are thinking of you --- Hoping you are receiving the very best TLC and daily doses of HUGS. THANK YOU so very much for your dedicated service and for your many sacrifices. We can't thank you enough for all you've done. We're keeping you and yours in our prayers.
Ying & Steve Cooper
To our Hero's, Happy 4th of July!
It is because of your sacrifices that we can continue to celebrate this holiday. Thank you! All of you are American Hero's and your service to this Nation will never be forgotten. Thank you for keeping us free! May God Bless you and may He Shine upon you all the days of your life. We wish you a safe return home to your families.
Have a wonderful day!
The Bergeron Family
Baton Rouge Louisiana
HI GUYS AND GALS
THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR 4TH OF JULY POSSIBLE. THANK YOU FOR MAINTAINING ALL OF OUR HOLIDAYS, NOT TO MENTION OUR FREEDOM AND OUR WAY OF LIFE.
WE LOVE YOU ALL, WE PRAY FOR YOU EVERY DAY AND WE APPRECIATE YOU.
FROM DALLAS TEXAS
RICK & CANDY BENSON
The Chaplain with the Angels
Willie, Chaplain Warren and Donna Harnisfeger
What makes a nation's pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly...
They build a nation's pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.
---Ralph Waldo Emerson
My Blessings and Prayers go to you on this Memorial Day holiday and always. Thank you for your service during this time of war, and for the sacrifice you give us. Stay Focused and Stay Safe.
~~ Mimi - Newport Beach, CA -
Easter at the Kleber Barracks
our Angels Mary Ann Philipps and Irene Kilp
I do not know whose eyes will be reading this, only that they are the eyes of a hero.
I am very proud to call myself an American with you defending our country. Each day passes with the world becoming a better place for my girls to grow up in and I Thank You for that. You are a remarkable person to sacrifice your life for millions of people you do not know and for a country you love. A job few choose to do. Thank you for being a protector of our freedom which is so often taken for granted. God Bless you all.
The Bonhotal Family, Demarest, N.J.
Lisa, Paul, Angelina and Christina
Dear Rachel and all our military personnel,
Please know you are always in our thoughts and prayers. We miss you and love you. Thank you for going overseas to protect us ALL. Hope this second tour of duty is a little easier, more comfortable and goes quicker for you. Can't wait to hug you when you return. In the meantime, keep safe.
Karen, Emily and Sammy Kool Schultheis
To All Our Troops:
Just wanted to say that America is so proud of all our Troops. You guys and gals are the greatest there ever was. Sometimes defending our nation means you have to travel to faraway places and sacrifice personal time and independence in order to make a better life for all of us. I thank God we have soldiers like you fighting for the freedom of all. All the thoughts and good wishes of a grateful nation are with you all.
God Bless You All, Take Care, Stay Safe,
Alice Belles, Reading, Pennsylvania
Dear Service members,
Greetings from the Arizona desert where the sun shines bright, the coyotes, howl, jackrabbits hop, javelinas eat prickly pear cactus and the owls whooo that nest in nearby saguaros! Thanks for your bravery, courage, and honor. You do make a big difference in my life allowing me freedoms others are denied elsewhere in our world. I continue to send fan mail letters your way in an attempt to keep patriotism on a high level. You remain in my daily prayers. Thanks for the sacrifices you and your families make for mine.
Mrs. Rebecca Tesar
If anyone is interested to make Christmas Stockings for the wounded let me know!
Dear Military Members -
Thank you for your sacrifices and thank you for your willingness to serve our country. My family would like to extend a big HUG AND THANK YOU to each and every military person.
If your unit would like a Christmas tree for Christmas 2005 give me a quick email
Lois, Proud Army Wife
To all our wonderful troops, I just want to remind you that you are still in our thoughts and prayers and that you are not forgotten. We still appreciate all that you do and have done for the U.S. and we are so proud of you. You made the decision to leave your home and family and go to some far off land to protect people you have not even met. That is a wonderful thing and something that could not have been easy for you to do. You have shown us your bravery, your patriotism and you are definitely our hero's.
Remember the USA backs you completely and we wait for your return home and hope it will be soon.
Love, peace, joy,
I found this poem by Melissa Benson that I thought was something you would enjoy reading, even if you don't like poetry. Please give it a try, you won't be sorry.
I don't know your name or your face but I know your heart
Having been a soldier myself I have known that feeling well
Of laying down on a cot thinking of home in the dark
I don't know your name or your face but I know your thoughts
Hoping that this war will be over soon
Hoping that the cause you support is not forgot
I don't know your name or your face but I know your pain
The fear that the country you defend may not stand up for you
Just like you stood up for them when they called your name
I don't know your name or your face but I know your tears
The tears for the children of those less fortunate
The tears for your fallen comrades in these last few years
I don't know your name or your face but I know your screams
The ones you cry out at night when no one is watching
The ones that only you hear, in your cot when you dream
Do not fret young soldier you have nothing to fear
God is with you; he keeps you and never leaves you alone
No reason to worry when you have a whole country of angels behind you
Praying for you, thinking of you, and hoping for your safe return home
Do not be sad young soldier, many people care about your sacrifice
You are with them always in their thoughts
I am one of those people, so do not be lonely young soldier because
I don't know your name or your face...but I know your heart.
Submitted by and used with permission of the author, Melissa Benson)
Hello from this wonderful country we call the United States. The greatest place in the world where we have the freedom to live our lives the way no other country is permitted to do so. The reason this is the greatest place on the planet to live is because of our great military men and women that sacrifice so much to make that way. Every American owes these men and women their total respect and gratitude. So as being one of those Americans I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing for my country and my loved ones. God Bless you and your safety to return home to your families.
Star Support Military Group
Angels are watching over you,
They always wear a disguise,
They come in different colors
As well as shape and size.
They are always near at hand
No matter where you trod,
They are there to protect you,
It is the will of God!
Thank you for all you do to keep us safe and free. We have not forgotten you and we keep you in our daily prayers.
God Bless You Now and Always!
Hello from Indiana!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You for what you are doing and for the sacrifices you have made and are still making to help keep me, my family and friends safe. You are all true heroes. Thank you again and may God continue to bless you and
Keep you safe.
Dear Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen:
I can't thank you enough for your service and dedication. You are all AWESOME. Stay safe and come home to your loved ones and a country that cares about and supports you.
Kathy & Mike Dubyn
Thank you for all that you do
and know that you are greatly appreciated!! It takes a very special person to be in the military - for all the sacrifices you make for people you don't even know - that is why you are such a hero to me. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and I will always be there for you if you need a friend or just a good laugh, as my life is always full of funny moments.
God Bless You and Keep You Safe
Buffalo, New York
Sending you warm greetings from Warren, Pennsylvania! I would like to take the time to thank you for the job that you are doing, which doesn't come cheap. You all are HEROES to me.
Thank you for all that you do and have done... None of you have been forgotten...
I just want to take a minute to thank you all for being real live super heroes!! It is utterly amazing the sacrifice and bravery you all demonstrate day in and day out. I have 4 war time hero-brothers who defended their country bravely just as you are doing, 3 during Vietnam and my brother Bobby in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I know first hand the sacrifices you all are making each day. Thank you so much for allowing us to live in the greatest nation ever to be!!! God hand picked each of you for this very important job.
Trust Him to see you through it.
I am praying for you
as you serve our country at this important time in our nation's history. Each of you is doing such a great job and I am so very proud of each one of you. God bless, Charles
To Men and Women of the Military
We consider you the greatest generation of the greatest country in the world and we want to express the pride and love we feel for you today and everyday.
We also pay tribute to every single American service member who has paid the ultimate sacrifice so we may enjoy our freedom and liberty. As Abraham Lincoln said "Gold is good in its place, but living, brave, patriotic men, are better than gold!" We are in your debt and we honor and thank you. May God Bless you!
Nadine & Bill Clewett
I want to say thank all the men and women and what they are doing for our country that's why I'm very supportive of what you are doing
The bravest and dearest of our land,
They do as is command,
Not so honored, not too plauded,
Deserve better than they get taunted
They shape, they cue, they crew and view,
Who astir, who confer?
Why don't we work like those wise shrewd sirs?
They scutter, we putter
They ponder, we wander
The coolest away, we pluckless play by our house
They're the hikers, joggers, walkers, climbers, and trekkers of prowess
They're soldiers, or our best
Thank you to everyone for the job that you are doing to make sure that I can sit here in Freedom to do as I want. You are all my hero's and heroines. God Bless you all.
Barb in Pa.
Dear American Soldier, Marine, Airman and Sailor,
I appreciate you serving our country. Thank you for defending and protecting the USA and our freedom. It is because of American Heroes like you that my family and I are able to feel safe. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Like the Statue of Liberty
You bring light, liberty, and freedom
To the darkest corners of the world.
To Our Wonderful Military
My family really appreciates all of your sacrifices and hard work. We have been actively supporting all branches of the Military for the past 3 years. We have flags in our yard with the names of all of the troops we are writing to, to remind everyone who passes by to pray for your safety. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers every day. May God Bless you and watch over you until you return safely home to your loved ones.
Cindy, Greg, Kyle, and Courtney Miller - Cincinnati, Ohio
Just wanted to let you know that we haven't forgotten about the troops that are deployed and sacrificing of themselves for a worthy cause. I pray the blessings of God on you all.
Take care; Stay Strong
Tasha McClure, US Navy
Our family would like to thank each and every one of you for the job that you do. We appreciate your sacrifices and support you 100%. Thanks to you, we have freedom and liberty. From the bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU!!!!
Jo-ann & Jim Tonon, Merrick, New York
I just want to thank all of you so very much for what you are doing for all of us. You have given up so much for us. For that, we are truly grateful.
I live near Bangor Maine, where many of the troops returning home stop for re-fueling. We have had over 188,000 troops stop. I am very, very proud to be a part of this. To be able to shake your hand or even give you a hug and to just thank you in person is quite an honor.
Please take care and know that you are all in our hearts and prayers.
God Bless and keep you safe,
Debbie in Maine
Thank you for all that you do to keep America free. The personal sacrifices are great, especially when you're away from you family, your home and out and about defending us so we can go about our daily lives and know in our hearts that you stand ready 24/7/365. No matter what branch of service, whether shore duty or "out and about", you are my heroes! Your honor, courage and commitment are an inspiration to this grateful woman that was raised a "brat."
I hear something, do you? There it is....."Snappy Salute"
With sincere appreciation,
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done. Your courage and sacrifices are truly appreciated.
The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
July, 4 1776
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
I am grateful for the opportunity to thank you for your service on this anniversary of the birth of our great Nation. Because of individuals like you, America remains a beacon of hope for innocent victims of tyranny everywhere. Your dedication to the values of our Founding Fathers is an inspiration to people all over the world. My heart is full of pride when I think of you all. Thank you for serving our country with honor.
Enjoy the Fourth of July, knowing that you are a part of what keeps America great, strong, proud, and free!