Honoring The Past By Helping The Present

5/25/2012 Proud to be part of Cell Phones For SoldiersMemorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

Two things come to mind when I think of this special day. One, I am proud to be a part of an organization that salutes our Armed Forces by donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing deployed and returning troops cost-free methods to communicate with their family while serving in the U.S. military. These men and women risk their lives, and are often away from their families for years.

The employees of ProtectCell were asked to come up with a national charity that we would like to support. When Cell Phones for Soldiers was mentioned, it was hands down the perfect charity for us to support. Everyone was in total agreement, and that is not something that happens very often! It is nice to know that we do our part in helping soldiers stay connected with their families.

We are very lucky to have two wonderful veterans as part of our ProtectCell family. One of the nicest men I have ever had the pleasure of working with is Bruce Buddenborg,our Director of Operations. The second is Tony Solo who does an amazing job assisting our customers with his friendly and caring personality. Both of these men are wonderful representations of our country’s finest.

Memorial Veteran Park Plymouth MichiganThe second thing I think of is my father-in-law. He is a very proud Army veteran. A few years ago, a memorial veteran park was being developed in downtown Plymouth. Bricks were available for purchase for the memorial. We bought my father-in-law a brick with his name, branch and years of service inscribed. I have no doubt that it was the most meaningful gift we ever gave him. We took him to the memorial park to see the actual brick, surrounded by thousands of other veteran’s bricks. This was a very emotional moment for him. Even as he wiped his tears, he would pull passerby’s over to see “his brick.” He was certainly very proud to see his name among the other veterans. He was telling stories and reminiscing about the time he spent in the Army. As he was admiring his brick and thinking of those days long ago, his granddaughters were joyfully dancing and twirling atop the memorial. They were innocently enjoying their freedom and thanking Grandpa the only way they knew how.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all veterans and all current members of the armed forces. You are appreciated more than you will ever know!

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