Six-Year Anniversary - - Remembering “C.J.”
Today marks the 6-year anniversary of your passage Home to be with The Lord. This family has never been the same since you left us all so unexpectedly. We find comfort in keeping your memory close to our hearts and in telling others the story of your service and sacrifice.
There have been major changes regarding the CPL Christopher J. “C.J.” West Troop Medical Clinic, Iraq, which was dedicated in your honor in 2009. When the clinic was turned-over to the Iraqi people, the West family donated the clinic signs and memorabilia to the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Museum at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Thousands of others are now learning about your story, your heroism.
“Run for the Fallen” continues to be part of our lives. I logged 8.43 miles on the last “run” in August 2013, and dedicate more miles to you throughout the year. Since 2008, I have logged over 900 miles in your memory and hope to reach a total of 1,000 miles before the next “run” in August 2014.
In keeping with tradition, I made 6-year anniversary decorations for your grave at Arlington National Cemetery. There are hearts with your name inscribed on each, as well as, a variety of other decorations that I have collected throughout the year. The family will make it all look beautiful, I know.
We miss you. We love you. We remember you.
Always in our hearts!
Hannah Edahl Monsimer
Clement William (Bill) Monsimer II
C.J.'s Maternal Aunt Hannah (Hattie's eldest sister) & Uncle Bill Monsimer
Las Cruces, New Mexico