Thank a Soldier Week, December 19 – 25

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Almost a month ago, Drew Bond, President of Townhall.com was backstage at the Country Music Awards. The reason? – When it comes to supporting our American soldiers, country music celebrities and fans by-and-large are the most supportive out of all the other entertainment categories.

Our soldiers need to be thanked. Our soldiers deserve to be thanked. And they should be thanked often and everywhere at all times.

Drew felt that many of us don’t thank our soldiers enough for the sacrifices they make.

When’s the last time you walked up to a soldier and just said “thanks”? When’s the last time you sent an email of thanks to a soldier? When’s the last time you donated money to a charity that supports our soldiers? Even if it was recent, it wasn’t recent and often enough.

We can’t thank our soldiers enough, which is why Townhall.com was at the CMA’s to kick off the first annual “Thank A Soldier Week” during December 19 – 25.

We’re all so busy with our own lives, we often don’t think about what it means to give up a part of your life for your country. So yesterday, I went to www.thankasoldierweek.com and thanked a soldier.

At that time, 35,000 people had sent a message. Today, as I write this story, I see 41,000 people visited. That is a lot of people, but I’m sure we can do better, so please try to take a few minutes out of your day to tell a soldier you appreciate their work.

There are some messages of thanks sent at thankasoldierweek.com:

**Please know that I join millions of Americans who are very thankful for your service to our country. As a veteran from the Vietnam era, I appreciate the risks and sacrifices you all are making. Merry Christmas to you, your comrades in arms, and your loved ones at home.**

**I am Brazilian and I would like to thank the American soldiers for their huge efforts in Iraq. Keep on doing what you’re doing! Keep on fighting for the freedom.**

**Thank you so much for your defense of our country. I know that you endure many hardships and make many difficult sacrifices, and I want you to know that it IS appreciated here, despite what the “mainstream media” says. It is people like you that make me proud to be an American.**

My thanks go to Drew, at Townhall.com for doing this.

Alan Gray is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of NewsBlaze Daily News and other online newspapers. He prefers to edit, rather than write, but sometimes an issue rears it’s head and makes him start pounding the keyboard. Alan has a fascination with making video and video editing, so watch out if he points his Canon 7d in your direction.