To Honor the Sacrifice of SPC Aaron Aamot

December 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Posted in General Troop Support, Veteran Support | 4 Comments
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Spc Aaron Aamot

 

Obituary from the Bellingham Herald….. “Aaron Seth Aamot was born on April 12, 1987, in his grandmother’s house on the Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA. He was killed in action on November 5, 2009, in Afghanistan. Aaron was raised in Whatcom County on a small farm in Custer, WA. He was active in the Critters & Co. 4-H Club and the Ferndale FFA. The Whatcom Youth Fair and the Northwest Washington Fair were favorite events for Aaron. The attacks on September 11, 2001, gave Aaron the determination to serve his country in the armed forces. After graduating from Ferndale High School in 2006, he went to Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia. After being stationed at Fort Lewis, Aaron enjoyed his role driving a Stryker vehicle in the newly formed 5th Stryker Brigade. The 5-2 SBCT deployed in July 2009 to the area around Kandahar. Aaron was driving his Stryker on a patrol when it hit a buried explosive. He is survived by his parents, Mark and Julie (Hinds) Aamot of Custer; siblings, Matthew (Angela), Joshua, Nellie (Ricky) Huisman, Benjamin (Catrina); Dale; Ethan; and Daniel. Grandparents are the late Arnold Aamot and Charlotte (Reeck) Aamot of Bellingham, and William and Donna (McDougle) Hinds of Sedro-Woolley. Aaron was a devoted uncle to nephews Elijah, Samuel, Oliver, and Nathaniel, and nieces, Evelyn, Janett, Ella, and Catherine. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

RIP Brave Warrior. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.   

When Aaron came home…..a community was there…….

In Honor of Spc Aaron Aamot

 

 

 

 

An idea to ‘do SOMETHING’ found it’s way through the crowds on the bridge and quickly became an all out effort of support for Aaron’s 5-2 1 17 Regiment and 5th Stryker Brigade. Thanks to the Aamot Family, particularly brother Matt, Captain Kim who pledged support to get any donations to Afghanistan, and a determined, not to mention well organized group of citizens a Donation Drive was launched.  Soldiers’ Angels was honored to be involved and to work alongside such amazing individuals. 

 

 

Thank you KGMI for spreading the word and for helping with this incredible effort, People's Bank, Local Firehalls and Businesses for hosting donation boxes.

 

The fabulous KGMI & People's Bank Team

 

The morning of the broadcast we began with this box and the donations kept pouring in! Thank you everyone!

 

Mother Julie Aamot working hard at sorting through donations. It was an honor and absolute joy to spend time with the Aamots. They are incredible. One can't help but love them for being such gracious, humble, loving beings. It was a privilege to get a little glimpse into Aaron through stories shared on this day, to see what a wonderful young man, son and brother he was.

 

Cards from School Children

 

More heartfelt wishes of support from our School Children

 

Firefighters hard at work

 

The sorting process begins!

 

CBS taking a gander for their later broadcast

 

Getting there!

 

Angel Kathy Bergman (left) was at the Legion early helping to organize,

 

The fabulous Chris from Ludtke Trucking (who donated a truck for transport to Ft. Lewis) and the Legion #7 Hall for the organizing.

 

Boxes being filled for the 5-2 Wounded

 

Becky Raney-Organizer Extraordinaire & helper - Soon those boxes were stacked taller than Becky!

 

Becky and Our Wounded Boxing Crew

 

Becky Raney, Ethan and Matthew Aamot

 

Thank you Becky Raney and the amazing group of people who spearheaded this effort and did an amazing amount of work to get the job done. Also, thanks to KGMI, People’s Bank and all of the community businesses for hosting donation boxes and spreading the word to get them filled up.  Thank you to all the great folks at the American Legion #7 Hall in Bellingham for the food, the space and support. Soldiers Angel Kathy Bergman for helping to organize and direct the work at the Legion.  Big hugs and thanks  to Grizzly and Scooter from the Combat Vet team for zipping around the county to pick up all of the donations. You guys are awesome! Thanks to everyone else who helped pick up, sort, box and ship the donations, including Chris & Ludtke trucking who arrived at Ft. Lewis with a full load of supplies!  Thank you Whatcom County and all of the listeners of KGMI (some even from Canada) who stepped up and stopped by to donate!  

The donations continued to come in and those boxes behind Becky, Ethan and Matthew continued to stack higher and higher in the Legion Hall.  Many thanks to  all of the Volunteers who were there bright and early and who stayed till late in the evening each day and to the incredible Aamot family.  We hold Aaron in our heart and prayers and your family will always have our love and support.  

We continue to  keep the 5th Stryker Brigade and Aaron’s Regiment in our thoughts and prayers as well as all of our brave men and women in uniform who serve on our behalf.

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  1. It is so heart warming to see our community band together to honor our fallen hero Aaron Aamot and his family. We must never forget our Fallen and their loved ones.

  2. It is amazing to see all those pictures and see what people did. Our thoughts and prayers for Aaron’s family, now and in the months and years to come. Thank you for sharing the pictures. God bless all who worked to make this all come together.

  3. We are looking forward to March, and putting together a “We have not forgot about you” drive, to make sure we are sending the “love” to them! The Bank acct is still open at Peoples Bank, and donations are being accepted for this drive.

    Thank you for everyone for opening up their hearts, and realizing how much our freedom that we take ADVANTAGE of everyday, is because of these guys fighting for us. Look around and see what you have, what you enjoy, and what your dreams are. And if you did not have the freedom, if war was in our back yard, in our cities, how much fear you would have, how much of our cars, houses we would loose, our families. Thank you for not having that happen.

  4. Mark Julie and Family
    You have turned such a negative into such a positive. Thank you for remembering our troops and taking care of them in the midst of your grief. I am sure Aaron is very proud of you. I like to think that our fallen warriors are looking down on us and thinking yes, they are continuing where I had to leave off.
    Reading the article I am glad to know that this will be ongoing and not just for the holidays.
    May God ease the pain in your hearts by keeping you strong and healthy to continue taking care of our troops.
    Venay Money
    President VFW Ladies Aux. 1024
    Port Angeles, Wash.


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