ANZAC Day is an important day to remember all those brave souls who have served and sacrificed in the past but I strongly believe that we should also, on this day, be thankful and appreciative of those who serve us today, wherever they are. I think we also need to think of those who have paid a price for their service in one way or another.
We are a lucky country, but a lot of that luck has come through the efforts of others.
Freedom does not come free.
Lest We Forget.
As I explained earlier over the weekend, I may not have reliable internet tonight so I am writing this in advance. If all goes to plan I will have attended the Dawn Service at one of my old bases, HMAS Creswell. I am also hoping to catch up with one of our recipients around lunch time and another at dinner time. I will be driving back from Creswell on Wednesday and will be back on deck answering emails as soon as I can once I get home.
Till then, enjoy these messages
I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to write this email, sometimes life gets away from you, you know?
In July last year, while in a hot, far flung part of the world, I received a package in the mail. I did not recognise the return address but I could tell it was going to be something special. It was lucky I has a second to duck away to open it, as I think there might have been a bit of Australian dust in the box that got into my eye.
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for your incredible gift. Receiving such a beautiful quilt made me feel incredibly lucky.
Even though it's been a while, I just wanted to send my sincere thanks. I don't have the words to express how much your beautiful creation meant to me. I've attached a photo of the quilt on my bed, where it brightened my space and brought a smile to my face every time I saw it.
Many thanks, and best wishes.
Good morning Sue,
Can I firstly apologise for my apparent tardiness. You were kind enough earlier this year to make me a personalised laundry bag and send that along with Minties and a lovely letter to be waiting for my arrival in the Middle East. I have just arrived and received the parcel, and to say I was surprised is an understatement.
Thank you so much for taking the time to make my quilt and laundry bag! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the fantastic work you do! I absolutely loved them both! The detail in the quilt and the research you did into the theme/ colours did not go unnoticed (honestly I wouldn't mind having an orange uniform but my boss probably not so much)... you really went above and beyond!!
I was already over the moon having received the quilt and laundry bag, then when I saw all the other goodies you included I felt very spoiled. I am a bit of a sucker for sweets.
You seem like a very kind and thoughtful lady and I am very lucky to have received these awesome gifts from you.
Once again, thank you!
Thanks very much for my laundry back that I received today.
I appreciate your effort, it must have been hard making a St.kilda one.
I look forward to using my new bag :)
Thanks for your support!
Apologies it has taken me a while to send you this email. I received a laundry bag from you at around Christmas time while I am deployed.
Firstly, thankyou for the laundry bag. It has been very handy for doing the washing here, and it has also been nice to add a bit of colour around the place!
I hope you had a good Christmas and 2017 is going well for you and your family so far.
Once again, thanks for the work that you and Aussie Heroes do for those of us who are deployed. I can assure you that it is much appreciated by all.
All the best,
I have received my AHQ quilt and I must admit that I am very happy with it. :)
I shall endeavour to take a photo of myself and the quilt and send it to you.
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to yourself and all of your wonderful volunteers.
The continued hard-work and dedication that you all ooze is truly impressive.
I know that the receipt of these bespoke laundry bags and quilts do wonders for deployed members morale.
We all eagerly await the drop of the weekly dispatch Facebook notices in the hope of seeing our items.
Thank-you from one extremely happy and morale boosted Airman.
Hmmm looks like I will have to be extra vigilant to make sure obvious pics don't go up till the quilts and bags have been received....but I do love the fact that the troops check out the blog and hope to get a sneak peek.
Thank you very much for the quilt you sent me... and the wonderful treats!!
It is a very kind gesture and I am very thankful for it, the morale it brings to us is amazing. You wouldn't believe how much it can brighten our day by receiving a quilt in the mail, and the treats certainly are a bonus! Whenever someone receives a package from the Aussie Hero Quilts we are always eager to see what design they got, even the boys get excited!!
I am 23 years old. I have been in the Army for 2 years. My job there is a Unit Quartermaster. I work in the Warehouse and supply our troops with whatever equipment they need. My partner is also in the Army, and he is deployed to Iraq at the moment doing similar work but he left a few months earlier than me.
We are 3 months into our deployment, with a few more to go. I am already eager to get back to the comforts of home, and all the luxuries. But small gestures like yours are very helpful at keeping the spirits high and moods up, so once again I thank you for taking the time and effort to make my day.
Thank you so much from you and your family for the wonderful gifts that I received it was the best suprise out here I have gotten yet.
Haha with the request of pineapple that's a army term for receiving the crap jobs or the tasks that no one wants to do, haha receiving pineapples. My whole army career has involved many pineapples haha.
Thank your children for me as well I had so much fun with my roommates reading their letters haha I had the biggest smile the whole time.
This is my first deployment and it's definitely made me grow up a lot. I am enjoying it, but it makes you miss the little things at home especially just how clean australia is haha. Only another 4 months to go but who is counting haha.
The job of making quilts brings smiles to all the soldiers out here. We compared and mine has definitely been the best so far hah.
Thank you again and I hope you have a few beers for us on ANZAC Day.
Firstly thank you so much for the laundry bag, mugrugs and treats they are great!! It arrived to me on Easter Sunday so well done on the timing for that.
Wow, quite a lot to keep you busy as well as find time to do such a nice thing for all of us here overseas. Its niceties like this from people like yourself who make it that little bit easier for everyone here.
My mum (Jenny) has actually been making the same things for AHQ for about three years now. She seems to enjoy doing it and is always telling me about the different people she gets emails back from.
I will definitely still be here for ANZAC day as I am the only XXXXXXX in Afghanistan I have been working very long days making up bayonets and flagpoles for ANZAC day on top of my normal job. So as excited as I am to have my first ANZAC day deployed, I also can't wait for it too be over so I can get some decent sleep.
Thank again for the gifts, much appreciated
Till next time....... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!