This is one of those list items that I had thought about doing before, but had just never found the motivation. Now that I have, I wish I had been doing it for years. For the past couple of days, I have been searching the internet to find out how one goes about writing a letter to a person in a country that is nearly 7,000 miles away. After talking with my mom about it, I discovered that the person she walked at graduation with is currently stationed in Iraq. As I began writing my letter, it occurred to me that this could be almost anyone that I know. These people are our classmates, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. Not to mention, today is Father’s Day. How many children had to miss seeing their dads, and how many dads were torn, knowing they couldn’t be with their kiddos? My dad is currently working in another state, so I know how much it sucks, for lack of better words, to not be with the ones you love. However, I can rest comfortably knowing that he is still in one of the safest countries in the world thanks to the brave men and women like the one I’m writing to. We owe it to them to let them know how much we care, whether we personally know them or not, whether we agree with the war or not. They are still people that are serving our country in ways most would not dream of. In turn, I challenge you, the readers, to send a letter to someone in the military, thanking them for their service; it will mean the world to them. If you don’t know anyone personally, visit http://www.amillionthanks.org/ to find out how you can show your appreciation. Before you say no, just think about it; really, truly think about it. That’s all I’m asking.
Love & Summer,