Giving Thanks

Thank You to Our Troops!

3 Comments 22 October 2009

A friend of mine asked me to write a short letter of thanks to our troops in support of a letter-writing campaign he was helping with.  Though I’ve thought of the men and women serving our country often and once had the occasion to thank a service member personally, I have never written them to say thank you.  It was surprisingly difficult to write!  I had a difficult time finding words that could adequately express thanks to a group of men and women whom I will likely never meet, yet have sacrificed so much in their own lives so that you and I may continue to enjoy the freedoms to which we have become accustomed.  Sometimes words just don’t do sentiments the justice they deserve, nonetheless, here is my attempt at doing so…

To the Men and Women Serving Our Country,

Because the fights are always “over there,” it is difficult to fully comprehend what you guys do day in and day out in defense of our Constitution and our liberties.  To be certain, your efforts do not receive the attention that they deserve.  However, know that there are many Americans who think of you daily, pray for you continually, and hope without ceasing for your safety, success, and quick return from the battlefield.  Your sacrifice to country and in service to the lives of millions of Americans as well as hundreds of millions of the world’s citizens are a shining example of the finest of that which is found only within the human spirit.

God Bless,
Ethan Jones
Austin, Texas, USA

If you have ever considered writing a letter to the troops, I encourage you to do so.  I can’t even begin to imagine what they experience on a daily basis and how difficult their sacrifice has become.  One of the best things we can do to give back is to simply say thank you.

God Bless,

Your Comments

3 Comments so far

  1. Carol says:

    Ethan, thank you! Both our sons are back safely from their deployments. One would go back tomorrow, the other…not so much! Both have stories hidden in their souls that may never see the light of day, but the one thing that the both brought back was: We Made A Difference To The People there — especially the children. Many Americans don't or won't see that aspect of it. God Bless You, Casey, and ALL those kiddos!

    Carol in Arkansas

  2. Baby Bugaloo says:

    I would love to join you in this letter writing campaign…where should I send my letters or do you have direct addresses?
    Thank you!

  3. LaurieD says:

    I've been following your blog since your babies birth – I got hooked when I first saw it and only wish I was closer to you to be able to help you! (I live in Houston area).
    My husband has been deployed for over a year now to Afghanistan and I really appreciate what you are doing with your letters of appreciation. He lost his best friend right in front of his eyes during the 2nd week of his deployment and has seen attrocities that we can only imagine. But, they are making a difference to the people there! Too much for this comment, but trust me, we are making a difference. I only hope we get the support to really get the job done and honor those who've given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and way of life.
    Thanks again,
    Laurie from The Woodlands

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