Image via Flickr by Dawn Paperin
Memorial Day is upon us again, and just like every other year, I forgot it was coming until about a week ago. I just got too busy and nearly forgot a holiday that is very important to me and millions of other Americans, and not because of the millions of sales, barbecues, and swimming pools.
I was reminded of "the reason for the season" by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars handing out Poppys at Walmart. While their main goal was to sell Poppys to help disabled vets, they reminded me to dedicate time this May 30th to show gratitude for our troops.
Thankfully, there are many websites dedicated to thanking veterans. Here are a few of my favorites.
- AMillionThanks.org tells you where and how to send happy letters to active, reserve, and veteran members of the military. It also allows you to donate funds that are used to send these military members letters.
- Let's Say Thanks enables you to send a free personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women. These custom cards depict patriotic scenes and hometown images that were selected from a pool of entries from children across the country.
- Thank You: The Gratitude Campaign is a program designed to send videos and messages to troops - as well as anyone else - who you feel deserves a heartfelt "Thank You."
Saying "Thanks" is a wonderful thing on its own; if you'd like to do more, VFA also encourages volunteering to "Be a Buddy" at the local VFW.
So before you go out to buy your new mattress, remember to say Thank You to your local veterans and to show your gratitude to all the troops.