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BREAKING NEWS

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 10, 2008

There’s a new movement afoot and it is sure to have an impact on Americans from all walks of life.

Called the Gratitude Campaign, the notion is to create a bridge of connection from grateful civilians to any person wearing a military uniform.

So many individuals have trouble saying thank you to strangers in any circumstance.

But this is especially true when the appreciation is directed toward the sacred American uniform worn by Soldiers, Sailors, Guardsmen, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard.

Somehow it feels awkward to thank a perfect stranger. It should feel perfectly natural to thank a uniformed American.

If anyone deserves our utmost gratitude, it is our fine military personnel who sacrifice so much for the rest of us to enjoy the freedoms that we do.

The campaign is promoting a wordless gesture that says “thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The gesture is a simple one. Place your hand on your heart like those times you recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Then pull your hand down and out, bending at the elbow, stopping for a moment at about the belly button with your hand flat, palm up, angled toward the individual(s) you’re thanking.

And yes, this will probably be awkward too … but just the first time. Both parties will come away with soaring spirits!