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Saying Thanks…

Hi everyone. Today I’m going to stray from the topic of log homes and talk about something that affects all of us regardless of where we call home or what our house is made of. My mother taught me to never discuss politics or religion in public, but on this occasion I think she would approve.

The war in Iraq is a hot political issue, but the men and women who are serving in our military are about the political discussion. I stumbled upon a YouTube video about a new movement called the “Gratitude Campaign“. The idea behind this campaign is to show people how to say “thank you” to a person in uniform without making anyone uncomfortable.

Take a moment and watch this video and see if it doesn’t make you feel good. How many times have we passed a person in uniform, on the street or in an airport and didn’t take the time to say hello… or thank you?

We don’t know each other and my “about me” page on my website is a fairly standard blurb and not overtly personal, but I will share a story with you that happened to me a number of years ago that made this video hit me square in the gut.

I came home in Vietnam in 1973. At that time it was very unpopular to be in the military, and I imagine you’ve heard all those stories. Twenty years later, in 1994 I decided to ride my motorcycle from Texas to Washington, DC for the annual “Run to the Wall” memorial ride, which honors Vietnam Vets. I was parked at a rest stop somewhere in Virginia and had a small POW/MIA flag attached to the back of my Harley. An 18-wheeler pulled in and parked near me, and the trucker walked over to me and asked if I was a Vietnam Vet. I told him that I was, and he held out his hand and said “welcome home”.

I actually teared-up and thanked this stranger profusely – because other than my family, this was the first time anyone had ever acknowledged my military service and actually thanked me. I can’t tell you how good that felt. That’s why this video’s message is so important. The men and women serving our country need to know that we respect what they are doing and are honored by their service and sacrifices.

Until next time… share your gratitude,
~ Montana Tom
Editor: Log Home Directory

1 comment to Saying Thanks…

  • Anonymous

    That was marvelous. I sure hope this campaign catches on. We need things like this to show the troops we appreciate them. Thanks for the tip, this was a nice holiday present.

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