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A memorial bracelet to honor a fallen hero.

 Silver Memorial Bracelets Honoring A Fallen Hero

As the kids just finished school, the first long weekend of our summer comes to an end,  and my inbox is flooded with sales and memorial discounts, I took a moment to pull up a photograph of three bracelets. These bracelets are only three of the unfortunate many we have made to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Two years ago a Franciscan Brother, David W. Schlatter, from Walter Reed National Military Center called us to make these memorial bracelets. He wanted to give them to some of the staff that were helping US Army Specialist Derek McConnell recover from injuries he received in Afghanistan in 2011. When Specialist Derek McConnell was on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan he tried to rescue another soldier and in the process stepped on two IEDs, sustaining massive injuries. Over the next several years, he underwent over 30 surgeries to try to rebuild his life but died from complications on March 18, 2013. A tragic loss of a true hero.

 

Br. Schlatter spoke with Andreas when he called in and helped him design and place the order.  He told Andreas the story about US Army Specialist Derek McConnell, his exceptionally difficult struggle to recover, and how devastating his loss was to not only his family, but the many dedicated Walter Reed staff working closely with him. It is a heartbreaking dose of reality, but always an honor to make these memorial bracelets. We received a thank you letter from Br. Schlatter and posted it here as well.

 

So today, if you haven't done it already, take a moment to honor someone who has given their life so we can have ours. As we spend time with our families, we'll be keeping US Army Specialist Derek McConnell and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Silver Memorial Bracelets for a fallen hero

 

Memorial brecelet thank you letter.

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