Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Blackhawks honor local Marine, win game

Hockey fans know, the Chicago Blackhawks honor the military at every game, during the National Anthem. There are seats reserved for the USO and a retired Military member and an active Military member are invited to stand on the ice during the singing of the anthem.

This past Sunday, my son was the young Marine on the ice. We had the honor of attending the game, and I have never felt more proud!

They are unbelievably wonderful to these guests. Each one gets to bring a guest, they are invited to arrive early and are given a gift at the end of the game.  The camera even goes back to these guests during the 3rd period and they wave to the crowd. The fans stand and give them a standing ovation. OMG! It is so moving every time, but when it is your own son. . . unbelievable!

So, he has a few thank you notes to send! His Father-in-law nominated him for the honor, the team, the donor of the gift after the game, the folks who gave us their tickets, the friends who also gave him tickets to the Bulls game on Monday. And of course the cards have to be handmade!

This "Land of the Free" stamp is retired, but perfect. I used the marker direct to rubber technique, to be able to have two colors on one stamp. The silver glimmer paper is actually leftovers from making Christmas stockings. The stars were cut on the BigShot and the square of paper was the "waste." Of course I knew it would have another life!

We have one more day with our son home on leave, so I will soon be back to stamping and sharing here. In the meantime. . . Sell-a-bration continues.

Happy Stamping
Dee Tollaksen

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