As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 arrives tomorrow, there will be many remembrances and tributes. 911day.org has this message on their website:
“Please join the 9/11 Tribute Movement by briefly describing what you will do this year, a good deed, charitable activity, or other plans, to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors and those that rose in service in response to the attacks.”
As I will reflect on 9/11 tomorrow, I choose to support our soldiers that were inspired to serve, especially if they chose to do so after 9/11. For the past three years, I have participated with Soldiers’ Angels. I have “adopted” soldiers that I send letters to once a week and a care package to them once a month. You are committed to do this for them for the length of their deployment, typically just a year. What I like best about this is that you don’t send money to an organization, not knowing how it is being spent. You spend your money on stamps and items for care packages, knowing that they are being sent directly to the soldier.
I recently received an email from one of my adopted soldiers. He stated, “First of all, let me thank you for letters and care packages. It means a lot to us that we have the support of the American people regardless of their political views. Second, let me apologize for the delay in getting back to you. It’s been a busy few weeks and I just recently got back from R&R leave as well. Imagine my surprise to find letters and boxes waiting for me on my return! Once again, thanks for your support!” (This photo is NOT my adopted soldier as I cannot reveal his identity. This is a random photo from the internet.)
If you can’t commit to support a soldier for a year, you can sign up for a one time (or more) commitment to a soldier at AnySoldier.com. You can choose a soldier from any branch, where the unit is from, or what country they are in now. This site allows the soldiers to post notes, give you updates, and they can request specific items. I’ve heard back from several soldiers I sent packages to:
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous contributions to our office. Your kindness is a reminder of the wonderful support, faith, and hope of patriotic Americans. Thank you and God Bless!”
“My guys and I greatly appreciate everything you sent us. It sure did raise everybody’s morale, and morale is what we all need right now. Trust me we use everything you sent us. Thanks again for the package and the support.”
While we remember the victims of 9/11, please also remember those that continue to fight for us.
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