Did you lose a bracelet?

Hey guys!  This is a post that was requested by my dad.   I’ve posted about it on my personal Facebook page previously, and although my status was shared by several friends and family members, we were unable to locate the rightful owner.  My dad thought that also discussing it on my blog would help to reach more people (perhaps a soldier who is now overseas, etc.).  So, here’s the story….

For those who don’t know, we lost my brother SST Alex Viola in Afghanistan last year.  I posted about it here, here, and here.


Well, about a six weeks ago, my parents received a random call from a lovely woman in Hawaii.   She explained that she’d been scuba diving off of the coast of Wailea and had found one of my brother’s memorial bracelets on the floor of the ocean.

It’s a bracelet that looks like this…


She read the bracelet, realized what it was, and thought that whoever lost it might want it back, especially with the one year anniversary fast approaching.  She researched Alex, and enlisted her coworkers to help locate my parents so that the bracelet could be sent back to it’s rightful owner.  My parents now have the bracelet and have continued to stay in touch with this wonderful lady.   What a crazy way to meet someone, right??

So, our question is… did any of you lose a bracelet in Hawaii??? 

We’d really appreciate it if ya’ll would share this with anyone who might be or know the bracelet’s owner.   Thanks, y’all!  And have a very Merry Christmas!!