Thread: Pens for Remembrance Day 2019
1st Nov 2019, 12:36 PM #61
Some more thank you Emails
I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you for the pens you sent to myself and my three soldiers.
These pens are beautiful pieces that will all be used with pride.
Thank you in particular for the pen from the Kalgoolie Region.
I just wanted to send a big thank you for the amazing pens you sent out to my small little group. The guys liked their surprise and I see them using their pens during our meetings.
Sorry I was too excited to hand them out before taking a photo of them all together.
Just a quick note to thank you and the volunteers at Pens for the Troops for the 20 pens you sent.
They arrived about two weeks ago and were distributed here
The recipients are officers and soldiers from all three Services currently deployed on Operation OKRA as 'embedded' personnel in the Headquarters Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
The Remembrance Day gifts were very well received and greatly appreciated by all. Please pass on our thanks.
If you'd like to send more pens next year I've included the e-mail address
Thanks again for the pens and keep up the great work, cheers,
My name is Matt and Iím currently serving in Afghanistan with the Australian Defence Force.
Today I was given one of your handcrafted pens; the ďEmuĒ, I saw your note about the pen and realised how much personal time and effort had gone into making it.
I wanted to send you a quick email of thanks for offering up your time and effort to make such a detailed piece of handcrafted woodwork.
When I get home next year Iíll have some time off work, in that time Iíll be enrolling in a cabinet making short course as itís a skill that Iíve always wanted to have but never got around to learning. The last time I worked with wood was probably in high school (15 years ago).
Once again, thanks so much for giving up your time to make these pens, I know that most of the Aussies here were pretty excited to receive their own today.
Have a great day.
3rd Nov 2019, 07:56 AM #62
I am now a very proud owner of one of your pens ("bloody hell") and really enjoying writing with it and showing it off.
It is a very luxurious and elegant pen. I am using it every day for all my note taking and correspondence.
I love the Zebrano wood, it is very unusual and you have shaped it beautifully. I quickly looked it up on line and found the website below - that you are no doubt familiar with.
7th Nov 2019, 08:34 AM #63
Two more emails of thanks
Thank you very much for your generous gift. The pen I received is very nice.
I received a handmade pen a little while ago. I was very happy to receive this beautifully crafted pen.
The time and effort that went into making this pen is amazing and I will cherish it, I would love to look at others for my father as he also likes pens.
Thank you for thinking of us.
13th Nov 2019, 08:32 AM #64
Another email of thanks.
On behalf of the Lighthorse men and women of Task Group Taji IX, I would like to pass on our warmest thanks for such an outstanding initiative.
The pens made with such care were a delight and are now cherished by our soldiers who have a special memento for a Remembrance Day commemorated on operations. For those of us who have lost mates, this day holds such a great significance. We are absolutely humbled that all these groups have come together to support your program and think of those of us who continue to serve the nation in the ANZAC tradition.
We would like you to pass on our heartfelt thank you to all involved.
13th Nov 2019, 08:49 PM #65
Our club Ararat & District Woodies Club Inc. Have decided to make pens for the troops for Anzac 2020
I have made some years ago and our club made 100 for the veterans about 5 or 6years ago
Hope this would be ok
14th Nov 2019, 08:50 AM #66
Another email of thanks.
I am with the Royal Australian Airforce, stationed in the UAE. I got one of your magnificently crafted pens. I appreciate the work that the craftsman put into it and it will travel with me.
I write a lot of notes at work, and letters home in my spare time. Writing with a quality pen is cathartic and is a great way to process the stresses of being away from my family.
You are doing a great service to even think of the men and women over here in the Middle East and I appreciate your spirit of service.
14th Nov 2019, 12:21 PM #67
17th Nov 2019, 01:06 PM #68
Another Email of thanks.
Dear Mr. Sanders
Please accept my sincerest of thanks for the kind package of hand crafted pens.
I have selected a special item that I will treasure.
The workmanship and generosity evidenced by your gesture is truly appreciated.
This token of appreciation certainly helps us stay connected with home and our fabulous Australian values and way of life.
I am serving a 6.5 month deployment in a logistics role. A truly humbling and life-changing experience. Very busy though!
May I wish you all the very best for a happy Christmas that will hopefully be unaffected by bush fires.
Keep up the great work!
20th Nov 2019, 12:52 PM #69
I just received this wonderful handwritten letter of thanks.
22nd Nov 2019, 08:13 AM #70
Another redacted thank -you from an officer about to come home
I am just about to re-deploy back to Australia but before I do, I just wanted to send you a short thank you note for "Dingo" - the pen you made. I really appreciate the thought and the effort that went into this and be sure that it has been put to good use here (overseas)! Once I return it will be a great reminder of my time here. Thanks again for taking the time and providing such a meaningful contribution to the deployed ADF.
23rd Nov 2019, 11:54 AM #71
Two more letters of thanks
Good afternoon Mr. Sanders,
I am writing to you from the Middle East to thank you for the gift of pens that you sent through. These pens were distributed amongst ADF members, predominantly personnel of the RAAF, operating here at our base. Our team is here to support Australian and coalition air operations in the Middle East as directed by the Australian government. The pens were very impressive and very popular and have all been shared amongst our fellow Aussies. At present this has satisfied the needs of the ADF presence here, but perhaps if you wished to provide some more, a similar-sized group delivered in the April/May period next year would appeal to the people that will have replaced those that are here now.
To know that our fellow Australian’s back home are thinking of us through gestures such as those of your organisation means a lot to our team, who are away from home for 4 or 6 months.
Regards and best wishes
Dear Mr. Sanders (and all your Pens for the Troops members),
I’m writing to sincerely thank you and your team for providing us with the masterfully handcrafted pens. They arrived just in time for Remembrance Day 2019 and were very warmly received by both Theatre Communications and Air Task Groups; with some friendly bartering over who got which pen. This year we paused operations at 1100 local to attend a multi-national Remembrance Day Ceremony held by our British Allies. It was especially poignant to spend time with our Allies remembering the fallen given that many were/have been involved in the conflicts we commemorated that day. I hope that you too managed to reflect on those who’ve gone before us as we keep up this important tradition – lest we forget.
25th Nov 2019, 02:20 PM #72
1st Jan 2020, 12:06 PM #73
Received this email this morning.
thank you to everyone concerned with P4TTíS in 2019 may 020 be kind to you all
Bruce aka Sam
Good Morning Bruce,
I am just writing to say a big Ďthank youí for the beautiful pen I received which I believe was made by yourself.
Itís always a big morale booster for troops whilst we are deployed to receive a little something from home and know that our efforts are appreciated by the people back in Australia.
I can tell you that all the pens received by troops in my section were very well received and very much appreciated.
Thank you again Bruce for all your efforts and the work that you put in to making the pens. You managed to put a smile on many of the troopís faces with your kind gifts.
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