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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Gratitude
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So have you ever been somewhere and seen one of our Servicemen walk past? Maybe in an airport, or a mall? You wanted to say thank you, but it seemed awkward. Maybe you’ve done it before and there was an uncomfortable awkwardness on both your parts? That’s normal, especially for the warriors, who by nature tend to be somewhat humble.

Well, here’s a simple, unobtrusive way to say thank you.

Spread the word.

31 Responses to “Gratitude”
  1. LC ohio right wing nut Comment by LC ohio right wing nut

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    That’s a great way. Even though I prefer just walking up and shaking hands.

    Great story, I drive limo part time and to pick up some people at the Toledo airport,their plane was late because of snow, so I had a couple of hours to kill went and grabbed me some dinner, I was sitting a the restaurant bar and a soldier sits down next to me, we talked though dinner, I found it nice that I had some company, so when he told me that he had been to Iraq, I thanked him for doing his job and defending our way of life. I had to get back to the airport so I bid him farewell and as I was paying my bill, he got up to use the restroom and said goodbye I did one other thing paid for his dinner and drinks. I know there are alot of millitary men and women who read this blog so if you happen to be reading this Sir, I thank you and your brothers and sisters in arms. :em03:

  2. LC ohio right wing nut Comment by LC ohio right wing nut

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    OH AND FOIST :em69:

  3. psychochick, LC Comment by psychochick, LC

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    Crunchie
    Thanks.

  4. cmblake6 Comment by cmblake6

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    Thank you for that. I know it makes me feel good. I was at the store the other day, and the clothes I was wearing gave me away. No I’m not getting poetic. The Salvation Army dude asked if I had been in any wars, I told him that I joined during Viet Nam, and retired after Desert Storm. He thanked me, and all my brethren through me, for preserving the American way of life. He said that, while he had never been in the military, he knew what we are about and knew how it allowed him to be free. Damn I had a hard time talking. Yeah, that’s what makes a Military Member feel like it’s all really worthwhile. And yeah, it can choke you up a bit.

  5. LC  MuscleDaddy Comment by LC MuscleDaddy

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    No - this is good.

    There have been several times that I’ve wanted to say ‘Thank You’ to the active-duty among us, only to stop because I remember the subtle … ‘distance’… that exists between soldiers & civilians, and know that these days, no one is going to guess my background ‘on-sight.’

    Explaining/introducing would take too long and seem, somehow, ….defensive.

    If this takes off, it could allay a lot of discomfort on both sides (no foot-shuffling, red-faced mumblings of ‘uh…well…you’re welcome’).

    Just a simple way to catch someone’s eye and let him know you appreciate the service done.

    Very nice.

    - MuscleDaddy

  6. SoldierInGodsArmy Comment by SoldierInGodsArmy

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    LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    Matthew 5:9

    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called sons of God.

  7. Thresher Redux Comment by Thresher Redux

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    LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    Matthew 5:9

    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called sons of God.

    Amen.

    Great post, Crunchie!

  8. Skul Comment by Skul

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    Comment by SoldierInGodsArmy

    LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    Matthew 5:9

    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called sons of God.

    Interesting that you commented on that. Last week I recieved a package in the mail from a friend in Australia. He sent a beautiful hand-made pen holder with my old unit badges etc. One of the small ingraved plaques had the same verse.
    I see some of our guys at frequent times. I generally say “hey, bud, thanks”. It always gets a smile and a thanks.

  9. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    I was at the mall recently when I saw a Marine-there is a Marine base across the mall. When I went up to him and said thanks, he said thanks for being grateful-I just said no problem. you are welcome. God, that felt good. :em93: :em69:

  10. Radical Redneck Comment by Radical Redneck

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    Very good Crunchie! :em69:

  11. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    And yeah, it can choke you up a bit.

    Yes it can cmblake6. I know the few times someone thanked me it was really awkward also. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated it very much, and was very moved, but what do ya say back?

    (no foot-shuffling, red-faced mumblings of ‘uh…well…you’re welcome’).

    That’s it right there MuscleDaddy. This campaign is a simple way to get the message across.

  12. NevadaDailySteve Comment by NevadaDailySteve

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    Crunchie,

    What a great idea, thanks for sharing. Words are my business but sometimes they fail you. This is something that even when you can’t grab hold of the right words this will work.

  13. maxxdog Comment by maxxdog

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    I think this is great but I have to shake their hands, look ‘em in the eye and thank them. It is a little awkward sometimes but they’re tough, they can handle it. I just think with the way the left treats them we have to let these people know we care.

  14. Unregistered Comment by irish19

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    Crunchie,
    What a great idea. I’m trying to make a point of shaking hands and saying thanks every chance I get, but sometimes it’s just not practical. This is a great, great idea for those times. Thanks–for the idea and for your service.
    Irish

  15. Xystus Comment by Xystus

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    The video’s recommended gesture reminds me of some TV writers’(?) idea of an ancient Roman salute. It also reminds me of a video of my late dad from 20 years ago on his arrival at (IIRC) Santa Monica Beach. He gives the “salute” & says (parodying Caesar), “I came, I saw, I conquered; I want a beer!”

    Personally I’ve already decided to bring my practice chanter with me (again) when traveling via airports. If any servicemen show up, I could at least play their official theme as they pass.

  16. Unregistered Comment by nerbygirl

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    Crunchie:
    You blow me away, my friend. Most people don’t say thank you for ANYTHING nowadays, and this guy’s campaign is a lesson in how to give thanks to those who sacrifice the most for us all.
    Thank YOU for your service, and all of the Rotties who write here. I’ve met many a serviceman, from WWII, the Korean war, Vietnam and the Gulf and present wars, and they are all uncomfortable hearing”thanks” but I hope they know that it is said with sincerity.

    Gratitude is the powerful. And I’m grateful for YOU, dear Crunchie….

  17. SoCalOilMan, LC Comment by SoCalOilMan, LC

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    I don’t see military personnel all that often, and when I do, at airports, bus stations, etc. …I’m kinda shy, and don’t like to intrude on other people. This simple gesture could help me and a lot of people express their appreciation without a lot awkwardness.

    This video gave me an answer to what I always wanted to express. The natural feeling is to salute them, but have never been in the military and I feel uncomfortable using it.

  18. LC SkyeChild G.L.O.R. Comment by LC SkyeChild G.L.O.R.

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    I live close to an Air Force base, so I see them all over the place. When I can, I walk up to them and simply say, “Thank you for serving.”

    One guy, in particular, got this HUGE grin on his face and replied, “My pleasure, Ma’am.” He looked as though I had just made his entire day!

  19. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    Same here Skyechild. We live right next to a base, so we see them out all the time, especially since we do all our errand running in the daytime during the week. We always see a group of them out eating lunch where ever we stop to eat. If the budget allows…..we pay for their lunch. We simply call the waiter or manager over and ask that they bring us their check.

    This is another way to say it when you aren’t in the position to do something because of finances, time, or just the fact that you’re going in one direction and they are going in another.

  20. NevadaDailySteve Comment by NevadaDailySteve

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    Crunchie,

    I blogged on this but I didn’t link directly to the Rott but I did link to the Gratitude site. I admit it, I’m a coward. I did mention the Rott and people can find it if they do a search but since I blog on the paper’s official site there could be a problem, some people get offended mighty easily. The language here can be a bit salty at times and I want to keep my job. Here’s what I had to say: http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/stevemoyer/entry/15451/

    I hope I can help to spread the word about this great idea.

  21. Unregistered Comment by PFC Krondax

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    one of my battles and i went to see a movie after drills, and i didnt get a chance to change out of uniform. after the movie a lady walked up to me and shook my hand. Up here, that is not too common…

    :em69:

  22. JetBlast Comment by JetBlast

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    Well guys, this may not be timely for many of you but it’s almost 9 PM, Saturday night here in Iraq and after getting throughly whacked by rockets last night in camp, we are letting them have it PRE-EMPTIVE tonight!

    The city gets handed over to Iraqi control tomorrow and no one knows for sure what’s going to happen. It could be all sunshine, flowers and butterflies OR the insurgents could try something truely stupid. (insert pun here)

    I’m here in the bunker tonight since I don’t particularly want to go through that hell we went through last night. I’m a contractor and not a soldier so our “quarters” are not reinforced like the military’s. I don’t think the tin roofs on these trailers would stop a Nebraska hailstorm, much less rocket frag.

    We already “air-mailed” them some early Christmas artillary fire tonight and I heard a least a couple missles being fired from the fleet of fighters overhead. Boy, is that a sweet sound when they’re on your side. The phalanx were working overtime last night as well but the problem is, when you hear them (another sweet sound) it’s already too late because the rockets are almost here.

    However you decide to thank these true military guys. and the politicians that support their mission without hesitation…wave, shake hands, salute or high-five, they’re worth every penny.

  23. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    One more reason to give gratitude……

    Watch these guys:

    USMC Silent Drill Platoon

  24. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Of silent tribute……..today, having just finished our weekly shopping, I found my hands turning the wheel to go left instead of right back to our home. The wife knew, and smiled silently. It stood quietly, heavy and strong, the silent stone bearing testimony to thousands of years of service to the American people. It still gets to me, which I count as a blessing…..remembering as so many of us do. And their service continues here at home, a veterans group and our police department buying a new tricycle for a man here in town. A tad slow mentally, cannot drive a car, a fixture about town, leading the Christmas parade here…….a qentle man with a heart of gold. The soldiers and cops stood up and bought him a new trike for getting around, his old one broken. One can also thank soldiers by looking after their families here at home, something needing to never be forgotten.

  25. Mike M Comment by Mike M

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    Watch these guys

    Thanks, jaybear. Those guys are impressive.

    It’s a shame the city of San Francisco spit on them again (only figuratively this time) when they denied the Marines’ request to film a drill on one of their streets - and they weren’t even asking to film on Folsom Street, which we know is hallowed to San Franciscans, who’ll only allow the most dignified of events to occur there.

    The San Francisco Film Commission Executive Director wasn’t all that unreasonable though:

    Film Commission Executive Director Stefanie Coyote would only allow the Marine’s production crew to film on California Street if there were no Marines in the picture.

    See. She’d let them film the drill, just as long as there weren’t any Marines visible drilling.

  26. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    Mike M

    It’s a shame the city of San Francisco spit on them again (only figuratively this time) when they denied the Marines’ request to film a drill on one of their streets

    Oh well, Oh hell…….my idea of just desserts would be that any future invasion of the USA happen at San Francisco, It would be sweet justice to see those socialist swine screaming for help to repel the invaders and the military replying: “would love to help, but we have no assets in your vicinity anymore, you made us move out….why don’t you call nambla and see if they can give you a hand…”

  27. LC & IB GuyS Comment by LC & IB GuyS

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    Used to love pulling liberty in the Bay area. Sadly, even though there are many fine dining establishment … great watering holes … lots of history and sites to see, the lotus eaters can have it. You can only kick a (sheep) dog so many times before it figures out it is no longer welcome. Don’t know about nambla, but I wonder if the ACLU would be up to the task of physically protecting the reality challenged out there. Those restraining orders work every time *grin*.

  28. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    GuyS sez:

    Don’t know about nambla, but I wonder if the ACLU would be up to the task of physically protecting the reality challenged out there. Those restraining orders work every time *grin*.

    Speaking from a purely physical point of view, nambla scares me waaaaaay more than the aclu

  29. Useful Idiot Comment by Useful Idiot

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    Thanks.
    I revere those who protect or have protected our freedom, but like many here, have felt awkward expressing reverence and gratitude to those in the military. This is a great gesture of respect.

  30. LC Beaker Comment by LC Beaker

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    Great topic. I try to say thanks whenever the opportunity arises, and that’s why this remains my favorite commercial in the history of commercials.

  31. Panzermann403 Comment by Panzermann403

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    Crunchie
    Thanks for that post. I’ll also show it to my sister, she’s a special needs teacher, one of the things she does is giving deaf children the gift of sign language. She’ll like this one.

    We in the Fatherland mostly just salute our active service brothers and sisters, at least the part of the populace that gives a damn. Since Germany still has a draft-based army and most men have served at some point in their lives, everybody knows that they are only civilians as long as the peace holds. If the shit hits the fan, everybody will put on his Flecktarn again.

    So a silent, crisp salute is OK around here.

    I recently had the opportunity to do this when I was driving home and made a stop at a fuel station. Three army members exited their car in their Wüstenflecktarn (desert camo worn in Afghanistan) and were welcomed by their families. Some of them even had “Welcome home” printed on black T-Shirts. When I left my car to pay, I walked past them and a fine crisp salute, which everybody including the civie family members understood.

    Only pity is that I couldn’t buy them a coffee.