How do you say “Thank You!” to Veterans?

by Mindy Lockard on November 11, 2012

Originally posted November 11, 2009


Honoring and showing gratitude for those who give and or give-up their lives to serve our country isn’t a political statement it’s simply a gracious response to a gift we so freely enjoy. Having a plan of how to say “thanks” when the opportunity presents itself helps ensure we put that gratitude in action

Teaching and showing gratitude for freedom and service is a value very important to my husband, Ty.

When he is in the presence of a man or woman in uniform, he thanks them.

If the girls are with him, he has them extend their hand, make eye contact and say, “Thank you for serving our country!”

I’ve learned a lot from Ty’s effort and have started to put his value in to practice and I’m always looking for other creative ways. What is your plan of gratitude?  How do you say “thanks” to the men and women giving of their time to protect our freedom?  I’d love to know.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany 11.11.09 at 8:47 am

When I worked at Starbucks, I always gave every man or woman in uniform a discount. I loved brightening there day because I knew they deserved it. My sister was deployed to Kuwait with the Army Reserve for 7 months and ever since then, I have had a new found respect for the people serving our country. I’ve always been thankful, but it’s really hard to understand it until you hear the stories from someone that you love and hold dear to your heart. When I am giving the opportunity, I will always go out of my way to show my gratitude for them. 🙂

Mindy Lockard 11.11.09 at 10:21 am

Brittany, Thank you so much for sharing. Starbucks is currently running the promotion to support the troops by buying a cup of coffee! Great point. Best, Mindy

Jennifer McIntyre @atthebluebarn 11.11.09 at 4:06 pm

Mindy and Ty – Thank you for this very important message. I wish my battery had not run out of juice when I was at the ceremony this morning. I had our sons thank the speakers, current members of the Navy. Each of my sons said thanks for the moving stories that the speakers shared but our young Sea Cadets ended with a “Thank you for serving our country” and a salute. That was a rewarding moment for me, not only as a mother but as an American!

Preppy 101 11.11.09 at 4:39 pm

Your husband is teaching your children a life lesson. What a wonderful gift for your children and all the people that they will meet along the journey. Great Post. xoxo

Mindy Lockard 11.11.09 at 8:03 pm

Thank you ladies for your sweet comments! Ms. M, I didn’t know that they made different card for the various branches. That is so good to know!

Ms. M 11.13.09 at 1:17 pm

@Mindy, the cards are made by a division of American Greetings called “Design Studio” and I found mine at a NYC drugstore chain (Duane Reade).


Mariette's Back to Basics 11.11.12 at 2:51 pm

Dearest Mindy,
Coming from a country that has been liberated by those in service makes us grateful as long as we live.
Those men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much for the FREEDOM of this world; some even gave all… The young generation often has no inkling what the word FREEDOM means. My husband and I have still vivid memories of our visits behind the IRON CURTAIN, when Communism was still reigning. Our future here is showing the world that people don’t heed history as we are going down the very same way; FAST.
Sad thing, especially for pondering about on Veteran’s Day 2012.
May God bless us all! And bless the souls that gave their lives for our FREEDOM.

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