Friday, November 11, 2011

Honoring Our Troops on Veterans Day and Throughout the Year

Today is Veterans Day in the United States. I was fortunate to have the day off from work, and while that was a nice treat I thought it was important to take a moment to reflect about the meaning of this particular day.

Veterans Day offers an opportunity to celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

I spent part of the day thinking about what I might be able to do to say "thank you" to the men and women serving in the military, fully realizing that I wouldn't be able to personally thank each and every one of them! There are many ways to reach out to both veterans and those who are currently on tours of duty around the world, ranging from sending a care package or simply writing a letter to a soldier.

As I was browsing the internet this afternoon - something that I often do - I came across the following website: Operation Write Home. I was immediately intrigued when I discovered that this organization gathers blank handmade/hand-stamped greeting cards and sends them to troops so that they have cards to mail to their family and friends. What a perfect way for me to say "thank you" to our troops! It's a "win-win" situation for everyone: I get to make some cards (a favorite hobby of mine) and the troops end up with cards to send to their loved ones back home.

In honor of making my first batch of cards for this organization and the fact that it's Veterans Day, I decided to go with a patriotic theme. I am very happy with the final results. There is no minimum number of cards that need to be sent - you can send one or a hundred (quality is more important than quantity). I'm starting out by sending five cards this month and my plan is to send at least five cards each month, and if I have time I will send more. Hop on over to the Operation Write Home website for specific information about making cards.

Below is a photo of the inside sentiment on the "Happy Birthday" card. It works perfectly with the star theme.

As always, I'll wrap up this post with a quote that I recently came across:

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
-William James

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


  1. Beautiful cards! I saw your post on the OWH facebook fan page and just had to come see these cards. Welcome to OWH!

  2. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them. I've been making cards for OWH for about 1-1/2 years now. I love creating something to help connect our troops with family and friends across the many miles. OWH is a great group of people. Welcome!

  3. Welcome to OWH! You made some gorgeous cards that our heroes will love. I really like the placement of the sentiment inside the card. You left plenty of room for the hero to write home!

  4. What beautiful cards! How great that you found OWH on Veteran's Day... I guess it was just meant to be. Welcome! :)

  5. Great post and cards! Welcome to the OWH family of card makers. Check out OWH TV on Ustream Thurs evenings at 8:30 Central.