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Monday, May 26, 2014

Soldiers' Angels......

Today is a time to reflect and be thankful for the sacrifice and service of our men and women in the Armed Forces.  The phrase "May No Soldier Go Unloved" is the guidepost of the Soldiers' Angels organization.  Our Harriet has been involved with this group for quite some time.  

Joyce Christopher was just a delightful customer for many years.  She and her two traveling buddies, Karla and Alice, would come by many Fridays during their weekly outing, which always included lunch and lots of laughs.  We loved to hear stories of her time spent as a nurse in the United States Army ~ Joyce was a retired Lieutenant Colonel.  Only after her death did we discover that she had nursed the then Congressman John Fitzgerald Kennedy during her time in Korea!  Joyce was like most of you who are reading this blog.....she loved fabric......especially fabric with cats!  

After her passing, Karla discovered Joyce's fleece panels you see here.  That's where Harriet got involved.  She has backed each of them with fleece and they will go into the Soldiers' Angels First Response Backpacks in Joyce's name.  This is just so fitting a tribute to this fine lady.  These camouflage backpacks with purple hearts on them are given to wounded soldiers when they arrive at a German hospital much like the one where Joyce served.  These wounded men and women most times arrive with pretty much nothing, but are given these packs containing toiletries, a calling card, sweatpants with Velcro sides, a zippered sweatshirt and a handmade blanket.  

Thank you Joyce, Karla and Harriet for carrying out the motto ~ may no soldier go unloved.  And thank you to all who either have or are serving our country.

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