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The End of The Journey of 70 Boots with SVG Attic


Hi and welcome, everyone!  Last year I was asked to create a few centerpieces for A Warriors On The Water Committee Dinner to be held at my parents home. So I created five of these fantastic JGW MY Hero 3D Combat Boots stuffed them with white shredded crinkle paper and inserted two American Flags. These five boots turned into 75 boots when I was asked to create 70 more for this year's Icebreaker held here at Sports, USA - Ft. Bragg, NC

 Warriors On The Water is a Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament. It's a day when 150+ Soldiers are paired with Bass Fishermen to spend a day fishing and a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Even more than that, it is a day that someone says to them..."Thank You for your sacrifices!".

The Icebreaker is held on the Wednesday night before the Friday Tournament. It's a night of fun for the Military Men and Women who attend as well as for our volunteers and fishermen. They expect over 400 people to be in attendance and will have guest speakers from the Military representing all branches whose troops are fishing the event.  The fishermen will be paired up with their Military counterparts and have a chance to talk strategy for the big tournament on Friday.  
So this is where the 75 boots come into play. They are centerpieces for all the tables at the Warriors on the Water Icebreaker. WOW, literally! It was such an honor to make these boots knowing, personally, what our service members endure every day whether their home with loved ones or stationed/deployed around the world. 
70 more boots! 71 in this photo. We made two extras, just in case.


4 - 8 hour days of cutting.

56 hours to assemble. 7 - 8 hour days.



One helper, my very own hero, my hubby! 

Four boxes ready to go!

One of the first boots from the original post.

One of the original boots nearly a year later.

Wherever you see flags, there's a boot.









The boots were a huge hit! I think a few walked off, but that's okay, too. 
Thanks for taking the time to read this, I know it's a bit long, but I feel worth every word.
And if you're ever in need of a boot, you know where to go, SVG Attic!

As always, thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.




Comments

  1. OH WOW this is amazing and so inspiring, they could not have chosen a better person to create something this memorable..

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  2. Speechless! This is pure awesomeness Lisa. As a prior military spouse, what an honor to have someone do this for our fellow men and women. You should be so proud of yourself because I know I am!

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    1. Thank you. We love our military around here. My hubby is retired Infantry so we've lived it and know the hardships. Put all that aside, this is what we are suppose to do for each other, lift each other up, be kind to each other.

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  3. Wow! That is stunning! You're really an incredible person, Lisa! God Bless You and your husband for all your work. I'm sure they were appreciated. Wow!

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    1. Thank you. Cathy we are truly blessed and yes, everyone loved them.

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  4. speechless.....this is just so awesome

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    1. Thank you. We enjoyed every minute of it.

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  5. You have such a big heart, Lisa! I applaud you for this massive undertaking for such a great cause! You did an amazing job.

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    1. Thanks, Beth. It truly was an honor making these for our troops.

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  6. You are an angel, Lisa. These are perfect and really tie the entire together.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! It was so much fun and such an honor to be asked to do this.

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  7. What a wonderful project!!!!!

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  8. Just beautiful! Living in Australia, I have had no experience with Military customs ... May I ask ... what is the significance of the last two images? Very poignant.

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    1. That is known as "The Missing Man" Table also known as "The Fallen Comrade" Table. It's to honor all KIA/POW/MIA during military functions. The table is set with a white table cloth, black napkin, an inverted glass, and one candle. A slice of lemon and salt on the plate. Everything on the table and the empty chair are symbols. The empty chair symbolizes the missing soldier who isn't here, the candle stands for the blood shed by the soldier, the lemon wedge for the bitterness of life lost, the salt for the tears shed by loved ones, the inverted glass represents that the soldier can no longer toast, the rose stands for the family, and the yellow ribbon for all those still deployed. I hope I didn't miss anything if I did I will add it.

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    2. CathyC thank you for asking and the sweet comment.

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  9. Oh my!!! These are magnificent!!! Not to mention I love the cause!!!

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  10. This is incredible! What an honor you had to make those! What a special event!

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