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.
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.