2005/04/28

Operation Thank You

DaGoddess @ 19:38

Today we took to the streets once again to thank our brave men and women for their service. Our merry band, Smash, LD, KM, and myself, met at the North Gate at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, signs in hand.

Much to our delight, we had several new faces amongst us. It was a real pleasure to meet the author of Carpe Bonum, one of the younger Carpe Bonums, and the author of Neptunus Lex. It’s so much fun to meet new people, even more fun to meet those who share your pride and gratitude toward the military. Bonus points when they turn out to be such good folks. Extra bonus points when they bring along someone Little Dude’s age like CB Jr. Super extra mega points for showing up after a very rainy start to the day.

As always, we had many people honking, waving, thanking us, and some even yelling “you’re welcome!”

There’s really no way to explain the feeling you get as someone thanks you for standing around with a sign, warriors turning to look at you with broad grins and waving hands mean so much. Families who have spent many months without their loved ones telling you that your hour and a half or two hours of holding a flag and some cardboard means something special to them touches you in a way that goes beyond description.

No matter what the rest of your day or week has in store for you, for a few moments, you’ve made someone else feel good. And you’re doing it with a good group of people.

I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to participate in Operation Thank You. I hope you’ll join us next time (or start your own in your neck of the woods.)

7 Comments

  1. It was really nice meeting you, Joanie. And an uplifting experience. Thanks for being a part of it.

    Cheers!

    Comment by lex — 2005/04/28 @ 21:12

  2. It was great to meet you, Lex. We’ll do it again…and if you’re around, we’d love to have you join us.

    Comment by Da Goddess — 2005/04/28 @ 21:23

  3. Lex’s link in the posting itself is broken.

    Comment by Alan Kellogg — 2005/04/29 @ 00:00

  4. Operation Thank You

    And I went down to the demonstration To get my fair share of abuse — Mick Jagger/Keith Richards I’ve been meaning to go to one of Citizen Smash’s Operation Thank You events for the last few months. Finally, today…

    Comment by Carpe Bonum — 2005/04/29 @ 02:03

  5. Very little makes me regret leaving San Diego. Missing the chance to do this is one of them.

    Comment by Brian B — 2005/04/29 @ 07:59

  6. Operation Thank You

    And the meat of the story is that I stood there on the corner of the North Gate at MCAS Miramar and waved my flag and waved my hands to all of the various and sundry Marines who made their way home that night, some of whom looked so painfully young t…

    Comment by Neptunus Lex — 2005/04/29 @ 14:15

  7. I’m here and what do I do? I miss it because I haven’t been keeping up on my blogs, sigh! Thanks for the support though!

    Comment by Sean — 2005/04/29 @ 15:28

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