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Dog Tags for Kids

Updated on September 16, 2014

Support for our troops and their families

Serving in the military, and being deployed into harm's way is hard on every soldier. For those with families that had to be left behind, the separation can be even more traumatic, especially for the younger ones at home. So how do you thank the troops for their patriotic duty and service to our country while making it meaningful for the kids that don't understand?

Dog Tags for Kids program
Dog Tags for Kids program

An idea is born

Keeping the children and parents connected.

Military parents have always been able to write home, but what else could they send to show their kids how much they are loved and missed? A story appeared about one dad who wanted to send something home, and all that was available was some band aids and sun screen. Many might think that was silly, but to those kids, it meant the world. After all, it was from Dad!

In an effort to find something that the troops could easily use to send home, Rose Sliepka from First Place Awards in California realized that kids would love to receive something from their parents, and what better than a Dog Tag of their own to proudly wear. Small and easy to mail, a grassroots effort began to ship them to those in harm's way as a means of support and thanks. It soon grew extremely popular with the moms and dads not to mention the kids at home becoming one of the greatest gifts one could give.

Dog Tags for Kids
Dog Tags for Kids

The project grows.

Every dollar provides smiles!

With the help of Kids Charities of the Antelope Valley, the non-profit status enabled the group to pursue public donations and expand the program. With just a handful of volunteers, there have now been over 775,765 tags as of March, 2014 shipped overseas to be returned home to the children. The impact has been phenomenal, and the troops have expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the people back home supporting them.

Dog Tags for Kids has no paid staff, so there are absolutely no administrative fees taken out of contributions and the entire group works tirelessly as volunteers. It has been a labor of love with satisfaction beaming every time another letter comes in from the troops.

Dog Tags for Kids Organization
Dog Tags for Kids Organization

We need your help!

Share a smile with the kids.

Despite the public's generosity, economic times have taken it's toll on the incoming contributions. There are currently many requests from our troops pending for tags that need to be sent. In order to do that, our military needs your help and support.

If you are in a position to help, please visit our web site, where you can learn more about this wonderful project or join our Facebook Page. You can also make a donation directly from this site below, or you can download this Donation Form and mail it with your contribution.

Have an old car, truck or boat you've been wanting to get rid of? You can always donate your vehicle to help!

You will feel good knowing you have supported our military, and put some smiles on the faces of the kids left behind.

The national media picks up the story.

Fox News ran a story about the project that aired on Fox Stations all across the country. If you missed it, you can still view the video on this segment from the morning show Fox and Friends

A Military Homecoming

This is a heartfelt reunion between a military mom and her young daughter at the airport. Watch at the end as the little girl proudly shows off the dog tag her mom sent home for her. The smile on the her face says it all.

The VFW acknowledges our efforts!

We received a commendation from the National Headquarters

I'm pleased to say that our program was officially recognized by George J. Lisicki, the Commander-in-Chief of the VFW. We're proud and thrilled to have their support as indicated in this letter that we received extolling our efforts. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of our Vets and members of the VFW.

Honors on a national level.

The Jefferson Awards is a prestigious organization designed to recognize and honor those individuals that provide excellence in community service through their contibutions and achievements. We're extremely proud to announce that the awards were recently presented in Washington D.C, and Rose Sliepka was indeed honored for her outstanding work with the Dog Tags for Kids program.

(Photo used with the permission of the Jefferson Awards organization).

All image and video copyrights as well as all intellectual property and trademarks are retained by their respective owners, and used with permission.

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      amal-jose-37 4 years ago

      awesome idea!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      There is a new thread in the topic in the forum just for Squidoo Supported Charities. Come join us!

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      What a fantastic idea! For the children and the parents, this must be such a symbolic way to keep those such important ties ongoing. ~~Blessed ~~

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Pinned to two of my boards: Doing Good and Squidoo Lenses Worth Blessing. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      An excellent idea, the kids will love an treasure the tags.

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      What a very great idea - I am sure it means the world to all of the kids. I hope the best for this program's success

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      So worthwhile. Congrats on being on the home page. Blessed!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      My brother currently serves in the army and will miss his son's third birthday on his next deployment this year. A true shame since my nephew just started to interact with and explore the world around him. These dog tags are a great idea for him.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Congrats on being featured on the Home Page. Hopefully it will result in some donations.

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      dvdmoviereviews 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a fresh blessing...

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Great idea... Nice lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congratulations on being in the top 11 for 2011. Very nice lens.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Christmas Angel Blessings

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Nicely done and a great idea! I still have my dog tags somewhere....Blessed!

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      rachellelikes 6 years ago

      these are SOOO cool!

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      Love the idea, very inspiring!! Blessed by a Squid Angel!!

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      peppervel 6 years ago

      enjoying reading your lens. thanks for sharing

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      I had to come back to bless this lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sorry it took so long, but I did bring a blessing for this Tags For Kids lens. Awesome idea!

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      Awesome way to connect with family. Thanks or the ino.

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      Tracy Gibb 6 years ago

      All parents should know about this. Thanks for sharing!

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      ThomasNKlotz 6 years ago

      The Dog Tags for Kids Project is dedicated to helping United States Service men and women in most harm's way connect with their children at home.

      Family Law Chicago

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great idea so we don't lose our kids. I enjoyed the reading and the video watching. I've also got a cool lens that educates people on cystic fibrosis. I've got some cool poll questions that you can take if you ever feel liking browsing.

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      ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      I hadn't heard of this until I came across this lens. What a great idea and a great lens. Thanks for opening my eyes up to this very cool program.

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      Barbara 6 years ago from USA

      Great lens and a great Charity! Children are the reason and they have no control over what's going on in their lives.

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      HomepageHeroes 6 years ago

      Very nice lens. And the kids Love that sort of thing. TY

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      careermom 6 years ago

      Wonderful idea. Kids love even the smallest gift from parents especially when they're gone.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Nice caring lens - good luck with all your endevours!

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      Thank you- from an Army wife!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ~ Blessed by a Squidoo Angel ~

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      Fabulous cause. I am going to go add Dog Tags for Kids as a charity I donate to on one of my lenses. Thanks for sharing!

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      WhitU4ever 7 years ago

      What a fantastic idea!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, wonderful and lensrolled to my Support our Troop and Veterans lens! This is great! Thank you for supporting our troops and their families!

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      Teri Villars 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool lens! Interesting stuff!

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      You know I had to come back and visit you and your lens. Always a joy to read and of course spread the word! "Blessed"

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Blessed by an Angel today and featured on Pay It Forward - My Life As An Angel

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      Your idea is unique. And so many honors for your idea, I am sure the happiest are the kids with military parents. I am not a SquidAngel, all I can say to show you my grattitude is God bless you!

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      Terrific and unique idea. Our troops and their families can never get enough love and support!

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      elizajane202 lm 7 years ago

      Kids use to get the dog tags every year when the hubby was in the military. Boy did they love those.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I'm with you all the way. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      This is a great cause. My hat's off to you.

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      Blake81 8 years ago

      Just taking another look at your lens. :) I think this program is great, and Steve mentioning their use of Squidoo is the reason I decided to use it for Bears on Patrol.

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! ... Blessed!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      a wonderful idea

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Fantastic idea! Dog Tags for Kids blessed by a joyful SquidAngel!

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

      ~ Colleen :o)

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      5*s rating for this great lens. You are the best!

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Awesome idea and translates in to a 5* lens

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Please everyone keep this going! They don't have enough funds at this time to fill all requests and this is a great way for the kids to keep their parents in there thoughts while they are gone. My kids if they can ever get one will where it all the time. Dad leaves in april.

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      Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

      What a wonderful cause! 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      A great lens for a great cause.

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      CoolFoto 9 years ago

      A link to your charity is on my Sarah Palin and the Press lens. Hope it brings you lots of $. 5 stars.

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      stace82882 9 years ago

      I'd never heard of this... Great idea!!

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      ashleymia 9 years ago

      Interesting Lens. You presentation was excellent. I am so much impressed by this lens. I will suggest dog tags to the children, who I know. I am really impressed by this. Thats y rating is 5*s.

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      Bruceman 9 years ago

      Welcome to the group.

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      sunnyfaye 9 years ago

      brilliant ideas

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      chucknp 9 years ago

      Hi Steve - I made my lens on baseball player Ichiro Suzuki 100% for Dogtags for Kids. Hey everyone - why not take one of your lenses and do the same?

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      Lamar Ross 9 years ago from Florida

      It's the little things in life that makes it exciting. This idea was one of those. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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      bigqin 9 years ago

      Nice idea and lens! I will let my kids wear dog tags . lol...

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      AmyP 9 years ago

      I can just imagine how much receiving one of your dog tags would mean to a child of a service member. Keep up the good work!

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      grandma deal 9 years ago

      I love it when we humans can step outside of ourselves long enough to respond to the needs of others. Great job. 5* Lens. I was married to a man who served in Viet Nam. I know how it feels to be the one left at home. I can't even imagine how hard it must be for the children. I also chose to donate.

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      Great job of supporting one of the Squidoo Partner Charities! Keep it up!

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      sophiesara 9 years ago

      congratulations, really nice lens and i gave u *****

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      dlbjhn316 9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Well deserved 5 *****

      I am retired Navy and fully support our efforts. Would have gladly went back on active duty to serve our Country in a heart-beat. Outstanding job on this effort and lense.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD honors. I just made a $10 donation. Hope that helps. Squid Angel Blessings to you!

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      Tammyrf 9 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful! *****

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great idea, congratulations on LOTD and a nice lens too. 5*****

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      ShortSaleRealtor 9 years ago

      congrats on lotd

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      tally lm 9 years ago

      Great lens!!! Congratulations on Lens of the day!!! I am a military mom/grandma and I know very well how important it is for kids to have something from there parents serving our country. You will get a lot of donations and be able to send many many dog tags.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      5*s, Angel Blessings and congrats to well-deserved LotD honors for this terrific lens!

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      Rob Hemphill 9 years ago from Ireland

      What a fantastic idea. This is a wonderful lens, and thoroughly deserved LOTD, well done!

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      GreenRevolution 9 years ago

      Great lens and a wonderful idea! I can just see the smile on the kid's faces when they get it. Excellent work for a great cause! Congrats on achieving LOTD!

      5 *****, faved, and a fan

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      oneskms 9 years ago

      Great idea and well done on LOTD. I hope you meet and surpass the current 20,000 you need. Good luck

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      andrphilip 9 years ago

      Dog Tags for Kids is a great idea. This certainly deserves to be the Lens of the Day.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Well done on making LOTD. Although I may be in the UK my own family has been directly affected by the war in Iraq. Whatever we may feel about the political reasons why our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends are out there and in other trouble spots of the world, we should still support them. My thoughts are with them all, much of the time.

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      Marc 9 years ago from Edinburgh

      Congrats on your LOTD :)

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      Tarra99 9 years ago

      Congrats on making Lens of the Day!


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      Sandy Mertens 9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great idea with dog tags!

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      Angelina 9 years ago from California

      Congrats on LOTD, a great lens!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanks again for supporting our troops from this military mom who, this visit, is also leaving SquidAngel blessings behind. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Mar1anneC 9 years ago

      Great lens. What a wonderful idea.

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      SugarBeans 9 years ago

      Great idea and sure the kids just love it...

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Absolutely wonderful!

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Congratulations on LOTD. Well deserved 5 *****

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      annetteghallowe1 9 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Thank you for bringing this great charity to our attention. I will twitter it for you.

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      poutine 9 years ago

      Congratulations for LOTD.

      Super idea.


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      HighlyFavored 9 years ago

      I know how much dog tags can mean to children; I have my Dad's dog tags from Viet Nam, and my son had a set of dog tags made for me a few years ago. My donation is on the way!

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      dianadavis_3 9 years ago

      my quote for today:

      Supernatural blessings comes to those who believe

      what a blessing!!!

      Diana J Davis

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      SideSplitters 9 years ago

      An excellent cause, congratulations on LOTD!

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      WendyMilonas 9 years ago

      Awesome idea! I'll be sharing this with everyone I know. :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      Congratulations on LOTD! Glad to see the spotlight on this beneficial cause.

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      thepartyanimal2 9 years ago

      What a great thing ---

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      AdriennePetersen 9 years ago

      Awesome lens, 5 stars and congrats on LOTD!

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      tanyahommes 9 years ago

      Wow, what a great idea and well laid out lens! You have provided some key information to help and support both the men and women serving our country and for the families who miss their loved ones. Thanks so much for sharing and here's to your success!

      Dream Big!

      Tanya and Brian Hommes

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      Grammy 9 years ago

      What a blessing!!

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      Fox Music 9 years ago

      When my dad was stationed overseas we kids had dog tags as U.S. Nationals - Congrats on Lens of the Day

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      ChuckBartok 9 years ago

      Great Idea and well done on the Lens

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      Very nice! As a veteran myself, I think it's always important to support our troops. Just the same, we should also support and remember their families too.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a wonderful idea and a great lens, congrats on LOTD - Kathy