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  1. GSM Patti Nowaczyk

    Worshipful Master and Lodge Members:

    My name is Patti Nowaczyk. I am a Gold Star Mother. My son, U.S. Army SSG David Nowaczyk was killed in action, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on April 15, 2012. David stood proud to be a Master Mason and Shriner. David was awarded the Raymond L. White Distinguished Military Service to Freemasonry Award by the Grand Lodge of Indiana.

    David is responsible for saving many lives during his three tours of Afghanistan. David served his country proudly and he made the ultimate sacrifice leaving behind a young widow and two orphaned children. David was awarded two Bronze Stars with Valor and a Purple Heart before he made his ultimate sacrifice.

    In conjunction with the Town of Dyer, Indiana, it is our goal to erect a Fallen Soldier Memorial Statue to honor David. It is with the help and contributions of Lodges and Brother Masons, like you, that will assist in making this remembrance a reality.

    I am asking for donations. All monies raised will be put in the SSG David Nowaczyk Memorial Fund, a 501 (c) (3) corporation, (EIN 46-2501025).

    Please indicate if you would like your donations to go the memorial statue (see silhouette below) or the widow and orphan’s fund. If no election is mentioned, we will use the monies where they are most needed.

    Please mail any donations payable to the SSG David Nowaczyk Memorial Fund, address to GSM Patti Nowaczyk, 720 Blaney Drive, Dyer, Indiana 46311. Any anonymous donations can be made directly at any BMO Harris Bank to the “SSG David Nowaczyk Memorial Fund.” Thank you.

    Very truly yours,

    Patti Nowaczyk
    Proud Gold Star Mother of SSG David Nowaczyk
    “Our Nation Never Forgets”

    We thought of you with Love today,
    But that is nothing new.
    We thought about you yesterday,
    And days before that too.
    We think of you in silence.
    We often speak your name.
    Now all we have is memories,
    And your picture in a frame.
    Your memory is our keepsake.
    With which we’ll never part.
    God has you in his keeping,
    We have you in our heart.

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