Thursday, November 13, 2008

What a wonderful experience!

Well, if you have been following our blog or have been emailed with the details, you are probably aware of Ammon's class project, Postcards from Around the World. Ammon has had MANY postcards sent to him at school and his teacher sends thanks to all who have sent postcards, notes and packages so far!

We had a very special thing happen at school on Veteran's Day. Ammon received a package from SSgt Mercedes Crossland of the United States Air Force. SSgt Crossland has been serving a special mission in Iraq for the last year and is now on her way home. In this package was a flag that had been flown over the Headquarters of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Ammon's Honor. The Certificate below was also included in the package, along with the note below from SSgt Crossland. Apparently a few weeks ago she sent Ammon a postcard from Iraq also. What an Honor and how neat to have a flag and certificate of this kind!

I emailed SSgt Crossland to thank her and to ask how she ended up with Ammon's class project information and what I found out is that my cousin Mike's wife, Heather, gave Ammon's information to her sister, Honor, who then passed the information on to SSgt Crossland. Honor, also sent a package to Ammon,from Japan. I have not seen this package yet, but look forward to it! How Awesome! Thank You, SSgt Crossland, Honor, Mike, and Heather!

SSgt Crossland shared her picture with me and I thought it would be nice to post it here so you all can see who this wonderful member of our United States Military is! I also thought I would post her email to me here for you to read. She is an amazing person!

Dear SSgt Crossland,
Thank You very much for the flag and certificate you sent our son, Ammon
Miller. What an honor! We would also like to thank you for your honorable service in our United States Military, you definately have our prayers and support!

We only have one question for you. We have given the address information out to
lots of family and friends and Ammon has gotten a TON of Postcards, letters and packages. We are trying to find out who everyone is and how they found out about Ammon's class project. Can you tell me how you got his information? We are just curious.

Ammon's teacher would also like to know how much longer you will be in Iraq.

We appreciate your generosity and willingness to participate in Ammon's class

Jason, Bethan, Ammon and Sariah Miller


It was a pleasure to send it. I can't begin to tell you the joy that I have
sharing my world with OUR FUTURE...(children) They inspire me to do something meaningful today so that they can accomplish their goals tomorrow. I have been in Iraq for a year now. This is not something routine for an Air Force Personnel as it may be for our sister services. I volunteered for a special mission here and have been blessed to be on my way home.

I heard about the school project from a very dear friend of mine. Her name is
Honor Schulti, she received word from one of her sisters I believe. The email was forwarded to me saying that Ammon's class had a post card project. I took the opportunity to have that flag flown for him because a post card alone couldn't give him the meaning of what I'm doing over here for us.

I don't have children yet, but I take every moment that I can to share and
educate our children on how proud they should be to be...An American. Thank you for writing and keeping me in your prayers, as I begin my travel back to the United States I will continue to pray for ALL my brother and sisters that remain here to get things done.

God bless you and your family. Peace be with you. And if you'd like, please send
me an email once and awhile it would be great to hear from you.

Mercedes Crossland, SSgt, USAF


Ira and Heather said...

That is the coolest experience to have!!! It makes you feel more connect to people who are so far away and may have never met any other way in life.
Happy birthday to Sariah!!!

Cassie said...

How fun!