"I made these shirts for my son Nick's graduation from Marine Corps Boot Camp on Sept. 13, 2013. He left for Boot Camp on June 16, 2013. On July 5, 2013, my brother, SSG Jeffrey Keas, who was on active duty in the Army passed away. Both of my nephews, which are SSG Keas' sons, are Marines. A year prior, Nick's cousin Donald, who was in the Air Force was killed in a car accident. It has been a very emotional and difficult time for our entire family, however, a very exciting and much anticipated reunion with my son. In attendance was Nick's grandparents (SSG Keas' parents), Nick's two Aunts (one is SSG Keas' Wife and the other is SSG Keas' sister), two of Nick's cousins (one is a fellow Marine and one of the son's of SSG Keas and the other is Donald's mother), and Nick's sister (neice of SSG Keas) and Nick's parents (SSG Keas' other sister and SSG Keas' brother-in-law). Other than Donald's mother, we are all cousins to Donald. With all of that being said, I just wanted everyone to understand what a meaningful time this was for us. We are a very proud American family. If you haven't thanked a Soldier or a Marine today, take a minute and do it. It was extremely important to me that these t-shirts turn out perfectly and they did. I was more than pleased!!! My son loved it! I will definitely use Customink again!! "
- Lori Smalling (Sep 19, 2013)