Inside the case are several things. The two cards are to explain the origins and meaning of the medal and the cleaning and care of the medal. You also receive some extra ribbon.
I'm writing to let you know I received the quilt last night from Debbie and I must say it is the most amazing thing that I have ever had made for me. I was speechless at the time I opened the parcel and I along with other Defence members in my area were so impressed with the personal thought and workmanship that Debbie put into the quilt, I will definitely treasure this keepsake for the rest of my life.
Debbie also wrote me a letter which I really appreciated. I have started writing a response in my down time and intend on sending it in the next week or so along with a shot of me holding the quilt/laundry bag .
I have been in country for nine weeks and still have four months to go and I know that this small token of colour will change my day each time I return to my tent.
Thank you for your generosity in organising this and if you talk to Debbie before I get the letter to her let her know she has really made a difference to my life here.
I write you to absolutely thrilled with the beautiful and artistic quilt that will become a family heirloom as I hand it down to one of my children when the right time arrives. The Navy Crest represents something special to my wife and I, having spent a considerable part of our lives dedicated to life in the RAN. Your depiction of the crest is nothing short of exceptional. The bigger picture is that SUCCESS will be my last ship that I serve in so that part of the quilt also means much to me.
I certainly agree with you that there is no place like home (I recall that statement in a movie from years ago) and it is through your efforts and those of others that dedicate their valuable time that we are reminded here that there are people supporting our efforts as we try to make this world a better place.
We have been working hard to build upon Australia's, the Australian Defence Force's and the Ship's reputation up here and I believe we are doing a good job of it. You are right to state that six months away is a long time and it is no wonder that I see massive smiles on the faces of crew members lucky enough to receive quilts such as yours as they connect the crew members with home. I cannot express enough my personal gratitude for the efforts of you and your team at the AHQ/LB.
While this email may appear short compared to the effort that you have expended crafting the quilt, it is my way of saying thank you. We have poor connectivity in relation to the internet on board and I will need to wait until I can tap into the internet ashore before I can forward you a picture of the quilt on my bed in my cabin. Stand by and I will send you a picture as soon as I can.
With Kindest Regards and much gratitude,
Dear Jan-Maree & Rachel,
Thankyou so much for organising my quilt and laundry bag :)
I received them a few months back and I use them all the time. I am just about to head home after nearly seven months and will continue to use them I am sure.
I am very grateful to you and your team. For your time, effort and kind words.
My deployment has gone by very quickly as we have been quiet busy as I'm sure you could imagine. I did get a few weeks off which was wonderful. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to a little place called Mesen and visit my Great Great Uncle's Grave at The Messines Ridge British War Cemetery. He was a Infantry Soldier in WW1 who also served in Gallipoli. It was a great honour to finally pay my respects for his sacrifice.
My good friend here XXXX absolutely loves his quilt and laundry bag. He has received many comments about his pineapple quilt :)
Anyway, thanks very much for all your efforts, I will treasure the quilt and laundry bag always.
Hello from Dubai! Thank you so much for my quilt, I absolutely love it. It arrived still smelling beautifully of laundry powder, was so homely. :)
Thank you for my other treats too
Thanks again, its such a lovely thing that you generous ladies do, it really did make everyone's day when we received our quilts.
Have a great day