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The Gratitude Campaign

Where I'm Clicking Now: The Gratitude Campaign

I'd admit, I have a huge soft spot when it comes to the military, but I also love the addition of the sign language into this notion: it's called the Gratitude Campaign. The aim is to give people a universal language by which they can thank members of the armed services — if they're too shy or uncomfortable to do so.

I think this is such a great idea. And yes, perhaps the video is a little heavy-handed, but maybe we're too cynical about too darn much nowadays. I don't care if it's sappy, I like it. And I love how they say, "Keep the ribbon on your car, but thank the people right in front of you."

Would you use the sign to say thank you? How do you say it?

CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
It's a wonderful gesture and I'm sure it, or a simple thank you would be greatly appreciated by any military member. They are truly heroes and deserve to have that fact recognized.
piper23 piper23 9 years
My husband was on his way home for r & r from an eight month tour in Iraq. He was talking to me on a payphone in the Atlanta airport where he had a layover and all of a sudden he says 'hang on'. Then he gets back on the line and says that this lady just came over and pressed a $100 bill in his hand, said 'thank you' and walked away. He was choked up as he told me about it. People can be unbelievably kind and generous.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
hmm neat undave! i love lighthouses!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I gave a solider a calling card one time at an airport. He was headed to Iraq for the first time. I started bawling when I was trying to tell him I hoped that he could talk to his family a bit more. I felt pretty foolish for crying! I think the sign is a good thing. You can show appreciation with out taking up too much of their time.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It is on the Michigan side of a MI to WI ferry. When my youth group was returning from MI after a service trip, we decided to take the ferry, instead of driving through Chicago.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
where is that lighthouse in your avatar?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I live in a military town, and the best looking women here are all in uniform... My golf team is a bunch of air force guys. The team captain spent a year in Afganistan. When he got back, I made sure he had a cigar everytime we golfed. The ring of the cigar said "thank you" in some language. Now if only he smoked.....
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I didn't know that so many people felt the same way that I do! I always want to say something when I see these men and women in the airport, but I am too shy. However, I would rather go up and say thank you than do this sign...I would feel really weird! I'm flying today, so my goal is to say "thank you" if I see one of them.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I think men are intimidated by a woman in uniform ;) Maybe not you undave! Where's Harmony? She could tell us...
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Let's not get too far off track on this. Isn't this supposed to be about all people in uniform, including those hot women?? :)
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
she would, totally! When we were in college she knocked over guy in her outfit who was harrassing her. He was being really rude, and making sexist comments, so she just hauled off and punched him in the face. I can't imagine he ever lived that one down!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
that is true, cabaker. It's rare that I want to run up and hug a woman in uniform. If I hugged my girl friend who is going to Iraq in May, she'd probably punch me in the face.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
You just want to hug them cuz you think a man in uniform is hot... come on, you can admit it! ;)
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
that's cute, but I would feel like an idiot doing that to someone who is 5 feet away. What, we can't small talk? :) I guess I'm not shy though, so I always end up smiling at them and saying hi. Frankly, I have to resist the urge to run up and hug them. but that's just me.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I'm glad I watched this video because if I saw someone do that to my husband I would think they were just a wierdo! I'd have no idea what it meant! :) I do have to say though, he has been thanked (and I have been thanked) many times and it does make you feel good, so now I make sure to thank others as much as I can.
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