We have been, as usually prior to now, the primary to reply to the decision for assist. (At one time we got the “First Responders” Award.) A number of days in the past, the founders of the UAE recieved a wondrous present. A thanks letter, signed by Common Dudney, the poster beneath, and a flag.
That is to certify that the accompanying American Flag was flown within the face of the
enemy over the American compound, Camp Phoenix,Afghanistan, by the
Officers, NCOs and Troopers of CJTF Phoenix, throughout
“OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM”
twenty first day of December, 2009
In Honor of
UNITED AROMATHERAPY EFFORT
And it is signed by the Colonel who’s Chief of Workers, and Brigadier Common Lawrence E. Dudney, Jr.
The poster is highly effective. We’ll body our copy. However the flag…. ah the flag. All of us gathered round to open the field when it arrived within the mail. And promptly obtained goosebumps. It is sealed in a zippered plastic case… we opened the case and inhaled. Sylla says she will odor the smoke of the campfires in it. I believed it smelled of gunpowder, or explosives. Maybe my creativeness. However there’s a POWER to this flag…
We set it up, surrounded by the merchandise that we despatched…I’ve posted a number of the thanks notes we acquired from the troops… for a photograph shoot. As we approached the desk the place it was displayed, a few of us felt the ability radiating from it. Nearly a wall…a protect… about 8 toes away. I am not particularly delicate to the vitality of objects, however I felt it, as did a number of the others current. Simply sheer uncooked energy. and safety.
A good friend of mine is a Marine Mother. Her son has completed coaching, will probably be coming house in a few weeks for “pre deployment depart” earlier than heading out to…Afghanistan. She is attempting so exhausting to be courageous. She’s so happy with him, and she or he’s terrified.
She got here, with one other good friend, to see the flag. And burst into tears. It was a robust, emotional second. She has an essential occasion coming subsequent weekend, and I’ve chosen simply the present for her… our Valour anointing oil…for non secular braveness. And her bottle of Valour is spending this night tucked contained in the flag’s plastic case… to realize a few of its energy and its protecting vitality. “Within the face of the enemy” certainly!
Tomorrow the flag will probably be packed and despatched on to the following recipient. We’re tucking in some photographs of the crew right here… Geraldine and Sylla are going to make a collage of all of us who get to expertise the flag, and ship the photographs again with the following cargo of provides, so the troops can put faces with the names of those that assist them.
If you wish to put names and faces… again row is Christi, who solutions the cellphone and offers together with your questions while you name, T, who retains all of the manufacturing space working easily so we’ll be capable to ship what you want, and me. Entrance row, Sharon, Yorleny, and Jim… Yorleny pours a lot of the merchandise, Jim packs a lot of the orders, Sharon is the mail clerk, who additionally assembles a lot of the kits and packs of merchandise.
We’re actually grateful to be allowed to do what we do!
And at this time, as we learn in regards to the troop withdrawal, we will solely thank all those that served by this lengthy, lengthy war.