Virginia Memorial Quilt Project
 

Below you will find children and family testimonials.


Thank you so much for Shaun's quilt. It came priority mail, as you said, but it got here a week before I thought it might. What a pleasant surprise! We had plans for the rest of the day, and that is why I am writing to you so late. We did try to call, but, since I lost your number, I tried calling Mrs. Davis. The gentleman who answered was very hard of hearing, did not know you and had never heard of the Virginia Memorial Quilt Project. I decided it would be better to write you this way.

What an absolutely beautiful quilt! We have it folded at the foot of our bed, and the colors match our bedroom decor. If I didn't know better, I would swear you had photographs of our bedroom and made the quilt to match! My wife, who tats, knits and crochets, was "blown away" by the work that went into making the quilt. We aren't quilt people, but the pattern must have a name. We would appreciate knowing it.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this fine memorial to Shaun. It is very precious to us. As I mentioned before, my wife and I will check our budget and we want to contribute to the wonderful work you and your friends are doing.

Thank you, again.
Sincerely,

Mr. and Mrs. Roger J. Dale


My name is Dharma I am 8 years old.....When I was 5 my daddy died. So I miss him so much. I got a quilt from this website. I am in 3rd grade. My daddy was in Iraq when he died. He was in a pickup truck on the base when it was hit by a rocket, 3 men died and 2 were hurt.

My daddy was a soldier in the Army. My daddy is a hero. He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star medal. It's been hard not having him home but I'm doing pretty good. We have a great celebration at our Church for Veteran's day. I have a younger brother and we go to the same school. My favorite subject in school is reading.

I could read all day long and not get bored. I'm about to have surgery next week because I have a really bad cough and sinus problems.. I'm a little scared but mommy say's I get to eat lots of ice cream and smoothies. I'm looking forward to feeling much better so I can get back to school and enjoy recess and Gym again. I just did Jump rope for Heart to help people with heart problems and I'm very proud to say I raised $131.00. Thank you Debbie Elam for helping me reach my goal. I feel bad for others that have also lost a family member.

Written by Dharma Samten February 2011
Daughter of Specialist Tenzin L. Samten
KIA March 13, 2008


Brooke was 8 years old when her father passed. The last time she got to talk to him was on Christmas Day 2004. Her father was buried at Arlington on Jan. 10th 2005. Brooke was very quiet all day long and had such a somber look to her.

She really didn't express out loud any of her feelings until sometime had passed. It took her a few months before she was ready to go visit his grave site. On Father's Day 2005 Brooke joined Sons and Daughters in Touch (adults who lost their parents in Vietnam) at the Wall and she said the Pledge of Allegiance.

It was good for her to see adults who have been through what she has. She is also a part of TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). This is a great non-profit organization that helps those who have lost a loved one in the military.

If I Could Change One Thing about My Life By Brooke Nyren

If I could change one thing in my life it would be to have my dad back. If I could have my dad back we would play games and my family would be whole.

I want to bring my dad back because he is the best dad someone could ever have, and I love my kind dad so much. My dad was like a best friend to me. When he went away to Iraq I would email or talk to him the phone almost every day. The last time I talked to him was Christmas Day 2004.

If I got to be with him again we would wrestle. We used to wrestle all the time. My dad and I would also play tackle football. The rule was only I could tackle him and he had to do two hand touch. We also liked Uno and Clue. We played these games every time I saw him.

If I could have my dad back I would be so happy that no one could make me sad. Also, my family would be whole again. Before he died my mom, dad and I would move almost every two years. It was very hard because I had to go to new schools and make new friends, but I got use to it.

I really miss my dad and that is the main reason I want him back.



 
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