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Hero, we honor thee, keeping safe your memory

    “I carved this memorial in dedication to those who have suffered a loss in the service of others. I want to quietly honor the courage of the hero who has died, and the everyday courage of the hero who is left. This patriot’s grief is to be honored as well. There are other figures in the marketplace about patriotism and honor, but I wanted to create one that acknowledged personal loss. Hero is a melancholy piece. I see it as very much a memorial. On a very personal level, keeping safe your memory is an intimate promise made to one who is gone ... I hope the gesture of her embrace reflects some of these ideas.”

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    Submitted by Shirley Girard in Durand, WI., December 2016

    My daughter gave me this piece for Christmas to honor her father who was a Navy Veteran. She knew that receiving this folded flag was the hardest part of his funeral for me. I really love this piece and the story it has for my life. Thank You for the beautiful work you do

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    Submitted by Ruth in Hernando, FL, US, December 2016

    I lost my dad in June of this year. One of the final conversations I had with him was on Memorial Day. He served in the Pacific during WWII. I told him he would always be a hero to me and he replied, "no, I was a coward". My dad died 8 days later. He is and always will be my hero. I bought this figurinr and have it displayed next to his flag case. This was my Christmas gift to him.

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    Submitted by Hope Billings in Amarillo Texas, October 2016

    My son Sgt Robert was KIA My best friend for over 40 years sent. Me my Hero willow tree , its displayed. Right by his flag box! Watching over! Its beautiful, Thank you for creating a mother's heart.

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    Submitted by Morgan Rae Hockridge in USA, October 2016

    My favorite piece is Hero. When my husband and I were just dating he took me back to his hometown and bought it for me. It reminded me of him whenever the army took him far away. This Halloween will make 1 year since I watched my husband, Capt. Hockridge is the United States Army Special Forces take his life from demons I never knew he was haunted by. I now myself have a folded flag given to me at his service and my favorite piece sits next to it. Our children will always know their daddy was a hero

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    Submitted by Scott Barnes in Kenton, Ohio USA, October 2016

    It's hard to choose a favorite Willow Tree since I love them all, but Hero proudly stands out in my collection. My grandfather served in World War II and loved America, passing down that love of America and the love of all soldiers past and present. I think of him every time I look at it. Love you Grandpa!! Thank you for being my hero!!

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    Submitted by skylar in south carolina, October 2016

    A year ago I lost my grandfather. He was an amazing part of my life. He was my stand-in dad. He had been battling dementia and Alzheimer's for many years before it took him. But before it did he was able to see me marry the love of my life. Both of these amazing men in my life chose the path of military life. So when my grandfather passed my husband and I were far away. My grandmother purchased the Hero figure for me. It reminds me every day of the amazing man of my past and the wonderful man of my future. Both strong. Both proud to serve their country. This is my first figure, first of many I hope.

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    Submitted by JenniferandBrent Blake in Arizona, October 2016

    My Favorite piece has to be Hero! I recieved Hero from my mom while my husband was in Basic Training. It helps me remember that we too are heroes on the homefront.

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    Submitted by Lisa Backer in New York, October 2016

    Hero!!! When my son joined the Marines it gave me a sense of peace. Just looking at it made me somehow feel at ease. While he was deployed it was my sanity, just to let me know he was going to be alright... Thank you!!!

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    Submitted by Zoe-Rose Theo in Sydney, Australia, October 2016

    This Willow Tree is my favourite because I had bought it for my grandma when I was about 7, she was very organised and never wanted it to break so she actually kept it in the box, she passed away 3 years ago and when she did I brought it back home to find it still in perfect condition, she wanted to pass it down because she knew she was always our hero. She grew up in the middle of WWII and suffered unmentionable things. Hence the reason I will always think of her as my hero. She would look after me and my older brother whenever my mum was working and I loved her like a second mother and we always would say "the two of us" because she had lost my grandfather a few months before I was born. In Greek my name means life, because one life left the family and one life came in to the family. Having this Willow Tree reminds me of her everyday. So thank you x - Zoe, 17, Sydney Australia

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    Submitted by Carrie Reilly in Louisiana, October 2016

    Hero is my favorite. I am an Army widow. I lost my husband in October 2011. I held a folded flag when I buried him at Arlington National Cemetery and this piece spoke to me. It reminded me of how proud I am of him and the hero that he is. He served honorably for 23 years as an Army Ranger. He deployed to Panama in 1989 and was one of the Rangers who jumped in from the sky as we invaded. We went thru 2 deployments, one was 12 months and one was 18 months long. He was a true American Hero and is missed every day. I have this beautiful statue on my shelf along with his folded flag from his funeral to remind me that love never goes away and that I will always hold him close to my heart. Thank you for creating this amazing statue that I can cherish in memory of my late husband.

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    Submitted by Denise Barkley in Kansas, October 2016

    My name is Denise and I am a life-long resident of the gorgeous state of Kansas. "Hero" is my very favorite piece and was the first piece I ordered online. My wonderful dad was in Japan in the Color Guard during the Korean War. He also drove for the General there. My dad was a Patriot through and through. All the years of his life when he saw the Color Guard during various events, it brought tears to his eyes as he stood with hand over his heart. We lost my dad in 2006 at age 76. I miss him still and am so proud to be his daughter.

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    Submitted by Jen Winter in Minnesota, October 2016

    HERO is by far the most inspiring & meaningful Willow Tree to me. I have lost a father who was in the United States Army when I was 3 years old. I have lost 3 Grandfathers in the last 5 years. 2 were service members, but 1 in particular taught me about respecting & honoring ALL veterans and service members both past & present. This statue reminds me of what these men & women have given up for our freedom and for that I will forever have a grateful heart! Thank you Susan for creating a piece that means so much to me.

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    Submitted by Tina Hortenstine in Kentucky, October 2016

    My favorite is hero. I bought it when my husband passed away. He died at the age of 35 while on active duty in the Army. He passed Nov 2015 and we are stationed at Fort Campbell Ky. I keep it next to his memorial photo and his flag that was given to me at his funeral.

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    Submitted by Amy Jo Hutchison in West Virginia, October 2016

    We live in a small town in West Virginia. A few years ago, a young soldier was killed in action while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The entire community came out to honor him...standing along the road during the funeral procession,waiting in line at the funeral home to pay their respects. I did not know this young man, but felt for his family, especially his young wife. My life was shared at that time with an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who had returned home, although the struggles from the war were battled each and every day, mentally and physically for him. I went to the store and purchased the "Hero" figurine. Walking through the crowd of people waiting for their turn to pay respects, I became emotionally overwhelmed. I was crying by the time I had weaved my way to the funeral director. He pointed me in the direction of the crowd, but I told him that I just wanted to drop something off to the wife. I handed him a card, complete with my respect for his sacrifice and my prayers for her and her family, and walked out, just as I had walked in. The "hero" figurine sits in my curio cabinet as well, as a constant reminder of those whom have made the ultimate sacrifice. I often think of that day and hope that she appreciated the gift.

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    Submitted by Holly Bottoms in North Carolina, October 2016

    Hero, My brother served two tours in afganastan and when he was away I had a difficult time dealing with it. While he was away my grandmother purchased the statue for me. I love it because to me it simbalizes my love for country and all of our troops. It is by far my favorite. I live in NC and recently just purchased 3 new willow trees! I was so excited!

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    Submitted by Leslie Channells Mckillips in USA, October 2016

    My favorite Willow Tree piece is "Hero". My husband is a Deputy Sheriff. In April of 2010, he and his partner were dispatched to a domestic violence call. When they arrived on scene they were ambushed in their squad car by a man with an assault rifle. Less than 3 seconds and more than 12 shots later, my husband's partner lost his life. By some miracle, my husband survived. When I try to imagine the immense grief of the fallen officers family, I can only think "there but for the Grace of God go I". I bought the piece "Hero" for the Mother and Widow of my husband's partner. I also bought myself one and display it prominently in my home. Every day I thank Ian for giving me more time with my husband. " Hero" truly represents him and his sacrifice while honoring his service both as a Deputy Sheriff and member of our Armed Forces.

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    Submitted by Elizabeth Newlun in USA, October 2016

    Hero is the piece that is my favorite. I began a small collection of Willow Tree pieces several years prior to the day that changed my forever. August of 2011, my first born son, JB was serving our country in Kabul Afghanistan when the chinook that he was on was shot out of the air by random ground fire. All 31 of the men on the mission were killed. Because of the significance of the mission and the joint special forces lost, there were numerous memorials and funerals involved. At each one, I was handed the folded flag standing next to my Daughter In Law, who tearfully also received a flag. I had no clue until after my son's death of the degree that his service to our country extended. I was told about his leadership, his ability to lead without being a bully or speaking in a condescending way to his reports. With each story and memory shared, JB rose to being a true man of valor in my eyes. My son, my Hero.

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    Submitted by Misty Elkins in Tennessee, October 2016

    Hero is my favorite piece. My husband passed away unexpectedly in April 2013 at the age of 37. He was a USAF Veteran. I was given this piece after he passed away and it always (not that I could ever forget) reminds me that he was mine and my children's hero.

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    Submitted by Joyce Mayer in USA, October 2016

    My favorite Willowtree is "Hero". On a early morning in August 1994 my brother was killed in the line of duty, he was a Cop and he loved his job, and his country! The day he was buried I was given the folded flag, my brother was my hero, he stood for all that was good in the world, and gave his life defending the bad. Till this day I can still see and feel the flag being placed, into my hands, and as I look at my "HERO" willowtree, it reminds me that, this world is going crazy but there are so many wonderful people out there, and it makes me smile.

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    Submitted by Delynn Burrell in Georgia, October 2016

    The piece that is currently my favorite is Hero. My husband was active duty, did 3 tours overseas and thankfully made it home in one piece. However, with that said he lost two of his friends "pitbull" and "lags" during his last tour. It took a few years for him to finally gain some closure in their deaths yet they are never far from his thoughts and memories. So for him Hero is the one piece I would love to add to our collection. To remind him that he is My Hero just as his friends are for him.

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    Submitted by Josee Forzono in USA, October 2016

    I have been collecting Willow Tree for a long time. Everyone of my statues represent an occasion, of one thing or another and I cherish all of my pieces. The one that means the most to me was given to be by my daughters after the passing of my Father 2 years ago it is the Hero , we Honor Thee, my father was a WW 2 veteran and Day survivor . He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart . He had a military funeral and when the honor guard presented me with the flag that draped his casket the statue was me. I hugged that flag as a last hug goodbye to my dad. The statue holds a special place in my heart and on my table and is there for everyone to see and a reminder of my dad and what he fought to give to me and for all of us , PEACE

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    Submitted by Amanda Fox in USA, October 2016

    My hero. my dad passed away September 1, 2015. He was in the military and very proud. I was the only daughter of his not to get anything that meant anything to him or a flag from his service. so my husband got me my hero for Christmas it was the best Christmas present I have ever received. Even though I get willow trees for every single holiday this by far was my favorite willow tree of them all.

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    Submitted by Paula Beard in Ohio, October 2016

    I have many willow tree figurines.My most cherished one is Hero. My grandfather's served in World War two. They both had military funerals. After the 21 gun salute the honor guards removed the American flag and folded it into a perfect triangle. Then they presented the flags to my heart broken grandmother's, .tears were flowing down my face.but pride filled my heart. Your hero figurine reminds me of how my grandmother's embraced the flag. They held it tight and never let it go. So every time I look at my hero , I'm proud to be a granddaughter of 2 american soldiers. Thank you for capturing my memories as figurines. Everyone of them mean the world to me.

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    Submitted by Juanita Spaulding in USA, October 2016

    "Hero" is my favorite Willow Tree piece. My father was a veteran of the Korean War and taught me respect for our country's flag and how much it means to those soldiers who gave their all. He passed away on Veteran's Day in 2000. My mother has his folded flag in her living room, and your figurine is my way of honoring him every day as my hero.

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    Submitted by Eden in PA, June 2016

    My daddy passed away in April of this year. He IS one of my best friends. He served in the military and is my hero either way. I can't tell you what this piece means to me. I will place it by his photo and his bottle of cologne I have sitting as tribute in my room. Thank you for such a beautiful piece of art and emotion!! Zero disappointments here. My heart is full.

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    Submitted by Mrs Susan Thornton in South Yorkshire England, March 2016

    Hero was given to me for Christmas by my daughter to help us all remember her elder brother who sadly lost his life whilst on active duty in Afghanistan on 9th November 2011. He went out there to try and make a difference for less fortunate people and in our hearts. We believe he did. He will always be our hero.

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    Submitted by bonnie rainey in Albertville, Alabama, November 2015

    This piece is to Honor my Sister-in-Law, Linda Ayers and in memory of my brother, Billy. Bill's life changed dramatically when he was drafted into the Vietnam War. When most his age were starting a career or furthering their education, he proudly did his duty and made it home. One more life changing event that occurred while there was Agent Orange. It would later rear its ugly head with Stage 4 lung cancer. Devastating the family, we had faith he would overcome this. Again he was a soldier and fought the battle with determination, and was admired for the battle. God said it was time to end the suffering and the fight and Billy went to Heaven on July 21, 2015. My Sister in Law was a soldier as well. She fought the battle right along with my brother, right up until the end. They both loved each other and lived their lives for God. So my Sister in Law is my Hero as well. I am thankful for all she did for my Brother during his sickness. I love and admire her!

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    Submitted by mary in CT, October 2015

    On Friday, October 16 I had a Memorial Service for my brother who had passed on August 1, 2015. A Vietnam Veteran. We had lost touch for many years. We finally found him and the day before we were going to visit him we found out he had passed. I decided to have a Memorial Service for him with the Marines and complete with a rifle salute. My only other relative, my sister, came down from NH along with her step mother and daughter. The Marines folded the flag and gave it to my sister, and then immediately caressed it and then, much to my surprise, handed it off to me!! Oh my God. Saturday we went to Mystic, CT and I saw this figure and I just had to get it for my sister. Needless to say, when she opened it she cried and said, "this is what this visit was about, our hero, our friend and our brother, Bobby." Thank you so very much for creating this figure, I am purchasing one for myself.

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    Submitted by Melissa England in Chicago IL, May 2015

    My name is Melissa and I am a 48-year-old Stage 4 Cancer Survivor. I purchased the "Hero" figurine for my Aunt Barbara, in memory of one of the most iconic men I've ever met and was blessed to call my uncle Jim! A legend in time he was, and continues to be! I was always very close to my uncle. When I was small I remember traveling to their home and listening to him tell war stories, he was a Huey helicopter pilot, among many other glamorous titles and awards of honor. He served our country for many years. When he got injured and no longer had to serve his country he served his family with great valor ! I have four beautiful cousins that I love dearly with all my heart. I remember growing up and always driving down the street from my childhood home, and as I passed his house on the corner I would see him sitting on the porch. He would always wave, with a great big smile on his face. Anyone who ever met this man always knew they had better make time for about six stories. He continued his career at the post office. He was the most determined man to make your day better . Everywhere he stood he was the soul of that place . My uncle and I shared lots of memories, but the one that is dearest and closest to my heart was our cancer journey . I feel a very deep connection to this man for many reasons, but this one stands tall among the rest. My uncle died last year. I was about one hour in my travel time away from my destination, hoping to just be in his presence one more time, but unfortunately, I didn't make it. It broke my heart! But fortunately I did make it, and I am still here, alive and healthy. I have so much respect for this man and everything he endured throughout his lifetime. Every time I think of him I reflect on the way he made me feel and the happiness that was just his aura everywhere he went. I want to dedicate this figurine to my aunt Barbara. She stood by his side throughout all the trying times of his life and was the best wife, mother, aunt and person she could ever be ! I hope she understands how high the bar of respect is that I will always hold for them both! Oh the memories I cherish, and I can only hope that I have presented myself to be anywhere near the legend of this man And I aspire to continue to instill values and heartfelt love long after I'm gone, such as my Uncle Jim.

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    Submitted by Eva Savage in Livingston TN, April 2015

    May 12, 2004 My hero was killed in Ramadi Iraq. He was my oldest son. This was the most horrific day of my life and I continue to struggle as the Angelversary draws near. This piece I happened to see online and loved its simplicity and yet it spoke volumes at the same time.

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    Submitted by Charlene Chaffee in North Carolina, February 2015

    I received my 'Hero" Willow Tree from one of my 4 sisters. She gave us each one in honor of our Father who passed away at age 96 (almost 97), we lost this special man this past summer. He was a true Hero. My dad served our wonderful country in three wars, WWI, Korea, and the dreaded Vietnam. He loved his country and his beautiful wife Dorothy. They were married for 73 years. I can not even fathom the depth this loss is for our dear mother. However she carries on and waits for our Lord to take her home to be with her beloved. The night before he died he told my mom not to cry cause it was just like him getting transferred, always going ahead to find a home for his 5 girls. He was going to get a place ready... Mom and Dad lead a beautiful life, not always pleasant but they always showed us how to whether a storm and how to rejoice when times were good. Dad was always surprising us with things he thought we would like; we loved to go shopping for dresses with him cause he always found a way to get us just the right dress, he also showed us how to play baseball, change the oil, spark plugs, and change a tire. He was so loving and kind, and always had a kind word for us and encouraged us to live our dream, that nothing was out of reach. They taught us how to live by setting the example, not just by telling but by doing. This particular piece reminds me of the folding of the flag at his funeral, and the presentation to my mother by one of her grandsons a Lt. Col. in the US Air Force a product of his encouragement to a young man at age 11. Very emotional but fitting for a man of his caliber, wisdom and strength. All his grandsons and great grandsons served as pall bearers and how very handsome and proud they were to honor him. My dad truly loved his country, his wife, 4 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great- great grandchildren. A TRUE HERO INDEED.

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    Submitted by Cynthia Miller in Warren, Ohio, December 2014

    i was looking for a memorial piece for my daughter for Christmas. I couldn't believe I found this. My one and only son passed away in Sept, actually 3 mos today. He had served in the Navy for 7 years and was going to make his service a career. His passing has changed my life. We never think this is going to happen to us and it is the worst. May God bless you for remembering those who have lost loved ones serving their country!

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    Submitted by Roxann in Murfreesboro TN, November 2014

    I bought this piece when I learned that my baby brother was headed over to Iraq. Thank you for making beautiful pieces that hep me tell my story.

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    Submitted by Becca Ross in United States, October 2014

    My brothers and now boyfriend are Marines. My step grandfather (died in 09) was in the Army and therefore this would be so great for my grandmother and myself. I saw this when my one brother went to war, thought about buying two but didn't. I almost lost my brother, and now my boyfriend is always on my mind.

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    Submitted by amy dozier in 28557, August 2014

    My husband was killed in Iraq just 13 months after our daughter was born. Having been given a folded flag myself, it has been my mission to find this Hero statue.

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    Submitted by mary bailey in hudson, mich, May 2014

    My husband of 45 years just passed away april 18, 2014. He served in artillery in Viet Nam . He had military honors, and I was given the flag after the 21 gun salute and taps. i had seen this piece before and thought of purchasing it, but didn't. It has more meaning than ever now, and our son is serving in the Army in Afghanistan. i am bursting with pride of my 2 heroes.

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    Submitted by Billie Jo Rich in Bee Spring, KY, September 2013

    My father, who was a Navy officer, died on June 7, 2012, at the age of 89. He was a veteran of WWll, Korea and was a naval instructor during the Vietnam War. I cannot tell in a short story all the things he accomplished and endured during his service to this great country he so loved. I miss him so, he was my dad. When I first saw this figurine, I saw my sisters and myself, each holding on to a memory. Needless to say, I bought three, one for each of us. Mine has a special place next to the frame that holds my dad's military medals. Thank you so much for this beautiful piece of art which conveys your caring and understanding.

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    Submitted by Courtney Messrah in Oak Harbor, WA, July 2013

    My husband has just competed his 4th year-long deployment in Afghanistan among the O.E.F. My mother gave this to me as a reminder that the service he does is for our family. Not a day went by I didn't pray in front of this statue for him to return safe! This is the best Willow Tree I have ever had, and I have about 20.

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    Submitted by Mary Plante in Iowa, April 2013

    My Father, who served in the Korean War, just passed away April 7th. During the service, there was a 21 gun salute, and a flag was draped over his casket. When I saw this figurine, I knew it must be added to my collection, in remembrance of him. Each time I look at "Hero", it reminds me of how sweet my father was and how much I admired what he did for his country. The flag was presented to my brother, but I did at least get my picture taken with it. Thank you for making this piece. It really is very special.

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    Submitted by Tina in Waterloo, Iowa, November 2012

    This piece means so much to me. After serving his country for over 34 years, my father passed away very unexpectedly in 2008. I received 2 of these figurines. One stands tall next to my father's candle, and the other on a dresser in a room that holds many of his military credentials, accomplishments and many memories. This figure represents my father in every way and expresses my loneliness as I hold on to the last thing I received--his flag--one of the most symbolic and the most important piece of honor he ever received. Thank you so much for creating such a special piece. Tina

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    Submitted by Teresa in New York, October 2012

    My fiance was a reservist in the army and had just gotten switched to active duty. we relocated to Athens GA from NY and within less than 2 weeks he passed unexpectedly during drill. As fast as we had to uproot our lives to move I was once again uprooted and had to go back to NY with my family. He was only 25. On the day of his wake I received this piece from a group I call my second family; this was honestly one of the most precious things I could have ever received. His mother recieved his flag, so having this really meant a lot to me. Its so beautiful and it really says a lot. It does not matter how a hero dies; every soldier who serves vows to give their lives if needed. SGT D.A.G. you'll be loved and missed forever.

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    Submitted by Caitie in Connecticut, August 2012

    In June of 2005 I lost my father after a battle with lung cancer; I was 15. The following year my mom gave me this figure to add to my collection, and I think I cried more that day than the day I lost my father. It immediately brought me back to the day of his memorial service, standing outside the church clutching his service flag and sobbing into it, hoping that maybe I could find solace in the folds of his flag. I thought the world was going to fall out from under me when he passed on, but now I'm 22 and have just graduated from college. I live each day to make my parents proud and still think of my father as my 'hero.' Thank you for creating this piece, it's one of my most cherished possessions.

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    Submitted by andrea in australia, August 2012

    I have collected willowtree figurines for a few years now. After my beloved dad passed away suddenly in Oct this year, my best friend gave me HERO, which brought me to tears. My dad was a soldier in his younger years, and this piece means a lot to me. I have purchased REMEMBER for my step mum for Christmas. I am sure she will be touched by this as much as i was.

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    Submitted by Robin in Utah, August 2012

    I love your figurines. I own "The Hero" because of a loved one who has passed away and she stands next to his military flag. I gave "Close to Me" to my daughter while she was away at school. I gave "Generations" to my grandson's mother at her baby shower. I gave "Father and Daughter" to my husband when I first saw your beautiful figurines, and "Promise" was my anniversary gift to him a year ago on Valentines. Right now I am looking for Mother and son for both of my sons. One son is now a father and the other is going through some rough times. So I thought I needed different emotions, but of course your figurine says it all. I do wish though, that there was one showing a mom embracing her son like she never ever wanted to let him go. I think my son needs that right now and he is in another state, so symbolically your statue could say that for me. Thank you for making such beautiful and meaningful art! Sometimes I find myself standing there in tears or smiling or just...standing in awe. RL

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    Submitted by Elizabeth in Texas, August 2012

    My son, my only child, was KIA in Iraq on 12/16/2004. This statue is heartfelt and says it all. It was given as a gift as was another statue of mother and son. They are on display together with the flag, his medals, picture and scrap book. Franklin is truly a hero.

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    Submitted by Brittany in NC, June 2012

    I received two of these as gifts, and they mean so much to me. My husband was KIA in Afghanistan November 19, 2009. Nothing represented my feelings on this day more than this statue, I held onto that flag like I was holding onto him, so tightly, never letting go. They had to take it from me after the first service so they could cover his casket in Arlington. Every day I walk by one figure that stands beside his flag, and the other that stands beside his picture on my night stand. Thank you for understanding and creating such a beautiful piece.

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    Submitted by Patty in North Carolina, June 2012

    I bought this Hero for my Mother who has always been my hero. I wanted her to know how much I admired her and appreciated her for all she had done for me, taught me and how much I respected her. My Mother passed away on May 21, 2012. I felt like a part of me died with her. My friend, my mentor, my hero. I never imagined the pain would be so harsh. My sister gave me this angel back and she proudly stands with My Mother and Daughter Angel as she should. Thank you so much for understanding how we feel and making these beautiful angels that bring us such comfort.

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    Submitted by Beverly in MS, May 2012

    Our 46 yr old son, Michael passed away 11 Nov. 2011, from lung cancer. He is a Veteran of the Air Force. He served in Texas and Comiso, AFB in Italy. I had never seen the HERO, until a few days ago, while visiting a hospital. There was the HERO on the shelf & I felt like it was there just waiting for me. Now the HERO stands beside the Memorial Plaque we recieved, near his picture & flag. Thank you, June

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    Submitted by AubryAna in NC, February 2012

    I came from military and I married military. I am absolutely in love with this and so happy I finally have it. Nobody will ever know what it's like until you experience this life for yourself. I support my troops :)

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    Submitted by Caite in Connecticut, December 2011

    In June of 2005 I lost my father after a battle with lung cancer; I was 15. The following year my mom gave me this figure to add to my collection, and I think I cried more that day than the day I lost my father. It immediately brought me back to the day of his memorial service, standing outside the church clutching his service flag and sobbing into it, hoping that maybe I could find solace in the folds of his flag. I thought the world was going to fall out from under me when he passed on, but now I'm 22 and have just graduated from college. I live each day to make my parents proud and still think of my father as my 'hero.' Thank you for creating this piece, it's one of my most cherished possessions.

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    Submitted by Patty in CA, December 2011

    My husband was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009. He was active career infantryman in the US Army. I received the "Hero" piece from a gold star mom who was at my husband's funeral. She didn't hand it to me there, but it was waiting for me at the hotel. It is exactly how I held my husband's flag that day, so this is a very special piece for me. I display it with pride next to my husband's medals.

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    Submitted by Sharon in Iowa, December 2011

    My brother, an Iowa State Patrol trooper, was killed in the line of duty on 9/20/11. A friend bought me this figurine in remembrance of him. It means a lot to our family. I have it standing next to his Iowa State Patrol picture. It reminds me of his ultimate sacrifice and the fact that he died a hero in the line of duty. Thank you for designing this piece.

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    Submitted by Laura in NY, November 2011

    I bought "Hero" to honor my son Dan's service. He deployed to Afghanistan last year, came home in May of this year. Now he's off to Korea. I truly think is my favorite piece in my entire collection :)

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    Submitted by MaryL in California, September 2011

    My daughter is a specialist in the Army Reserves. She believes she will be deployed next year for 13 months. I saw your Hero figurine in the gift shop of the Old Mission in Santa Barbara, California while on vacation. I immediatley bought Hero for my daughter, Chelsea Anne. She will always be a "Hero" to her family. Thank you for your absolutely beautiful creation.

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    Submitted by Christina in NY, August 2011

    My son Daniel, a NYC firefighter, was killed in the line of duty on June 21, 2007. I received the Hero angel, and what a tribute it was to him and the life he chose to live. Since then, I have received and collected many others (and given others as gifts too) but the most special one to me is the Hero. Thank you for your beautiful creation.

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    Submitted by Tammy in Mi, August 2011

    I lost my son in Oct 2010. My family and I went to a Memorial Service in Germany, where my family was presented with Hero by another family that also lost their son, who was in my son's unit. I never knew she existed. She is very beautiful, and I will never forget what my son and others stood for. Please never discontinue this item. She means a lot to a lot of people. Thank you for making her.

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    Submitted by Rebecca in ut, June 2011

    I lost my sweet husband in January 2011. My children and I took his remains to Ft. Rosecrans in San Diego, CA shortly after. Steve was a retired Naval officer who loved the Navy, this country, and the sea. I bought this figure for myself on the Naval Base at North Island where we stayed. I was drawn to this piece because it represented the grief I was feeling. She is being brave and strong and her military loved one would be proud of her.

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    Submitted by Sandra in TX, June 2011

    My husband is active duty Army and there are many times I feel the loneliness of not having him with our family. My mother-in-law gave me this figurine for my collection. Every time I look at it, my heart warms, because I know he is serving his country with pride.

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    Submitted by Heidi in Michigan, May 2011

    I have three sons serving in the armed forces. They are all my heroes. Last week We said good bye to our middle son after he was killed in a motorcycle accident. I'd seen "hero" a long time ago and admired her but was secretly thankful I had no reason to own her. She now stands in a place of honor in my living room--a reminder that though he is gone, he will always be my hero.

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    Submitted by Melinda in wv, February 2011

    I purchased "The Hero" In Honor of My Wonderful Husband and Soulmate Rusty who passed away suddenly Sept. 22, 2009. He was a Vietnam veteran. He was a great husband, father and grandfather; and always put others first. He was the type of person who would give his shirt right off his back if someone needed it. I proudly display this figurine on my fireplace beside his Military Flag that was presented to me along with his medals and photos.Thank you for serving our country and for being my hero.( R.I.P.) I love and miss you.

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    Submitted by Alecia in Minnesota, January 2011

    My name is Alecia. I lost my husband, Dylan, on October 16th, 2010, while he was serving his first deployment in Iraq.Our daughter, Avery, and I received this figurine for a gift this past Christmas Eve. I thought it had been from my aunt, but after I opened it, I looked at her and she was crying. She said she had just received it in the mail that morning, there was no return address, and we didn't know who sent it. We still don't know and probably never will. Receiving it brought tears to my eyes. It really was the most beautiful gift that my daughter and I could receive at this time.

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    Submitted by Miriam in FL, November 2010

    My name is Miriam. My son, fallen Hollywood Florida Police Officer Alex, was killed in the line of duty in a tragic accident two years ago on 11/22/08. I just finished writing a poem about a mother and the flag and the meaning for me. I also wanted to honor mothers that have had a loss like mine. I took pictures holding the flag just like your figure. I did not know your figure existed. My special friend Lisa saw it and immediately thought of me. She gave it to me today. When I opened it and saw it I was in AWE! Thank you for carving this incredible piece: the meaning and feeling is indescribable!Thank You to you and Lisa. This is very touching and special for me!

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    Submitted by Jamie in Virginia, May 2010

    I am Active Duty Air Force and have given this piece at a retirement ceremony to the retiring member's spouse. I know why you made this piece but I look at our spouses, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers as unsung heros. Without their support and dedication we would not be able to do our jobs. I see them as the safe keepers of our family and home while we are gone. Thank you so much for keeping our military in your thoughts. -Jamie

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    Submitted by Lindsey in North Carolina, March 2010

    I am an Active Duty Army Spouse and my husband is currently serving his fourth deployment to Afghanistan. We have known a few loses. I give this to the family members of those who have given the ultimate price for our freedom. I love this figurine because I feel it lets the family members know their loved one did not die in vain, and that their service and sacrifice is appreciated and will never be forgotten. Thank you to our military members and their loyal and greatest supporters, their families! Lindsey

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    Submitted by Nicole in Delaware, February 2010

    My father in law died on July 30th 2009. For four years he served our country in the Navy. He was a good father, husband and grandfather. Unfortunately his life was cut short due to a disease that took his life without us being able to say goodbye. His wife, Marie, was good and sweet to him. We are buying her this figurine in order for her to keep his memory alive as the great father and husband that he was and always will be. Thank you for keeping the spirit of the soldiers, airmen and all military people in our hearts and minds all of the time! Rest in peace Fred. We all love you dearly.

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    • Name: Hero
    • Materials: resin
    • Measurements: 9.5"h
    • Sentiment: Hero, we honor thee, keeping safe your memory
    • Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.