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February 04, 2017
Nine-Year Anniversary - - Remembering C.J.

Dearest C.J.,

Today is a solemn remembrance of your passing in 2008. We all miss you very, very much and think of you each day. You are our Angel in Heaven.

This family has never been the same, but we always hold you dear in our hearts and continue to cherish your memory.

Bill and I attended my 50th Las Cruces High School Reunion in October 2016; it included a picnic and military ceremony to honor our four classmates who were killed-in-action in Vietnam, and all veterans. It is comforting to see that many events now include a salute to those who serve.

The reunion organizers also set-up a website where classmates posted personal photos, both old and new, with captions. Some were old photos from Vietnam; so historically significant.

We posted your photo on the website to share your story and to include the fact that your mom, Hattie, and Aunt Magi, also graduated from Las Cruces High School a decade after I graduated.

People commented about how they were honored to learn about your service and sacrifice. We will continue to keep your legacy alive.

We remember you always, dearest C.J.

Much love and devotion,

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
May 30, 2016
Memorial Day 2016

Dearest C.J.,

We are remembering you, and all of your brother and sister heroes this Memorial Day. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice, so that we can live each day in freedom. Most of the world is not that fortunate!

You are always in our hearts.

With much love and lots of hugs,

Hannah Edahl Monsimer
Clement William (Bill) Monsimer II

C.J.'s Maternal Aunt Hannah (Hattie's eldest sister) & Uncle Bill Monsimer
May 28, 2016
CJ,
Good morning my sweet son & Hero. Again another Memorial weekend is upon us.
Days of those big pool parties/barbeque's have past us & now we honor you & all of our fallen hero's. Life has changed so very much for us all we now have a new normal.
Thinking about you & loving you always.
We miss you sooooo much CJ.
Watch over us & until we meet again.
Love always & Forever,
Mom
XOXO
May 27, 2016
C.J.,

Nine years ago, we started our journey in the United States Army. Your sacrifice in honor of our country and the ideals we defended, gave many who knew you strength. You are the truest embodiment of the American Hero!

You will always be remembered.
February 04, 2016

Eight-Year Anniversary - - Remembering C.J.

Dearest C.J.,

Eight years ago we learned that you were gone, Home to Heaven. You are Our Angel and we know that you are watching over us always. We find comfort in telling your story and keeping it alive for future generations.

Your mom, Hattie, celebrated her 40th Las Cruces High School class reunion in November. Your Aunt Magi joined her on the trip and we all had a wonderful weekend! The reunion committee made special memorial decorations - - red silk roses with flags. We mailed a box of them to your Aunt Anna to decorate your grave.

For Veterans' Day at Charlie's elementary school, the family was presented with a beautiful Honor and Remember flag in your honor. The students and staff learned about what it is to be a Gold Star family and so much more.

For your 8-year anniversary decorations, we sent a box of sparkly hearts to your Aunt Anna and family in Arlington, Virginia. They collect lovely things all year and make your grave at Arlington National Cemetery look extraordinary!

Always smiling when we think of you . . .

With lots of love,

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
December 20, 2015
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the West Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in Afghanistan. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
February 05, 2015
C. J.,

It has been 7 years since we lost one of our greatest defenders. A true hero! Remember that we will never forget the sacrifice you have given.
February 04, 2015
Seven-Year Anniversary - - Remembering “C.J.”

Dearest C.J.,

It has been seven years since that tragic day when you were called Home to Our Lord. We are not the same family that we were, there is a hole in our hearts that we try to fill by keeping your legacy alive and sharing it with others.

Memorabilia from the CPL Christopher J. “C.J.” West Troop Medical Clinic, Iraq, remains on display at the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Museum at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Future generations will learn about your dedication and ultimate sacrifice.

“Run for the Fallen” has become part of the fabric of our lives. On August 24, 2014, I logged 6.2 miles in your memory and have accumulated over 1,200 miles since 2008. I hope to do many more miles for you in the future.

We chose Valentine's pinwheels for your 7-year anniversary decorations and had them sent to our family in Arlington, Virginia. They will assemble all of the beautiful things that they have collected and make your grave at Arlington National Cemetery look glorious, as always.

Missing you always, remembering you each day, your memory continues…

With much love,

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
February 10, 2014
Brother, thank you. It is hard to believe that 6 years have passed since you gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. You are missed, but never forgotten.
February 04, 2014
Six-Year Anniversary - - Remembering “C.J.”

Dearest 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!

Much love,

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

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