The Gratitude Campaign– Pass It On

It may be a difficult week for our men and women in uniform.
General David H. Petraeus is going to inform Congress of the terrific progress that has been made in Iraq. This won’t go over well with some members who have invested significantly in losing this war for their own political gain. It will be a challenging week for General Petraeus even though he has the facts on his side.

Tonight, my cousin Chuck sent me this video.
I thought this was timely- The Gratitude Campaign suggests a simple way to say thank you to the troops serving this country.
Here’s how it works:

If you appreciate their service- Give them a thank you.

The “Thank You” sign


The sign we are using is intended to communicate “thank you from the bottom of my heart. “

To make the sign simply place your hand on your heart as though you’re saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Then pull your hand down and out, bending at the elbow (not the wrist), stopping for a moment at about the belly button with your hand flat, palm up, angled toward the person you’re thanking.

According to Norman Heimgartner, Ed.D., author of “Behavioral Traits of Deaf children” and former Professor of Education at the University of Puget Sound, this sign originated in France in the late 1700’s, and was published in “Theorie des Signes”, a dictionary of signs by the Abbe Sicard. The sign was brought to the United States in 1816 by the Reverend Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, founder of Gallaudet University, who later modified it to start at the chin rather than at the heart. That sign is now the standard sign for “thank you” in American Sign Language.

And, if you have a minute HERE is an easy way to express your gratitude to the troops in Iraq.

Freedom’s Watch has more on the expected testimony this week by General Petraeus.

UPDATE: Here’s a place where you can say thank you to General Petraeus, via Instapundit.

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