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Taking part in the Memorial Day tradition known as a “flags in” is a profound experience.

The second you step through the gates at Hampton National Cemetery in Virginia, you know you are on hallowed ground. You understand the quote “They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.”

And if you listen, you can hear them.

In the sound of the flag, waving in the breeze. The very present sentry standing solemn watch…

 You hear their souls.

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In the rows upon rows of more than 26,000 gravestones including 638 unknowns and 7 Medal of Honor recipients …

You hear their souls.

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In the silence of soldiers filing in to honor those who have come before them….

You hear their souls.

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In the voice of the mother patiently walking beside her toddler, perhaps too young to know the full meaning of Memorial Day, but who understands they’re here for something important…

You hear their souls.

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In the unity of community coming together to honor…

You hear their souls.

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And upon leaving when the task was done, you hear…

“Thank you for remembering.”

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At 3PM Monday, wherever you are, stop in silence and listen to the souls of those who gave the last full measure of devotion.

Answer with gratitude.

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M2H05.26.16We’ve almost reached our goal of filling out this map with your messages of gratitude to our military and veterans, and we could not be more honored to read the love, pride and respect our fellow Americans have for the military and veteran community. We’ve heard from Moms and Dads, spouses, sons and daughters, friends, family, and everyday Americans, all united behind the idea of supporting those who serve our country selflessly.

With just a few more days to go, we need YOUR help to complete the map by the end of Military Appreciation Month. Share with friends and families in the states we want to hear from. Anyone can submit messages here or on any social media channels using #Mission2Honor.

Here are some of our favorite #Mission2Honor messages from the last week.

Christine from New Hampshire

I am honored to be the girlfriend of a Vietnam Veteran. All of our veterans and their families made huge sacrifices so that we can live as we do today. I thank each and every one of you. God Bless!

Carol from Oklahoma

Our family appreciates the strength and sacrifice it takes to serve our country. We respect and honor those who serve, as well as those who support them at home.

Janet from South Dakota

There are not enough words to express the thanks that our military members deserve. At home or on deployment, they give their time, and sometimes their lives in service to our country.

Charlotte from Nebraska

Thank you to all the men and women who have and are serving our country. You are appreciated. God Bless you for your sacrifices, putting your life and family on hold, to protect us. Thank you again. God Bless.

Thomas from Illinois

I have stood where you now stand (US Army, ’65-’77) and have some idea of what you are going through. Words cannot express my appreciation for your actions.

Terri from Arkansas 

Words cannot express my gratitude for the many ways the men and woman of the military impact my everyday life. I work with the families at LRAFB and am extremely impressed by their commitment to the mission each and every day. I am honored to get to know these families and spend my days with their children while they complete their mission without worry. Thank you for all you do! There will never be enough ways to express my gratitude!

Roy from Minnesota

Very proud to know you.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Learn more about out #Mission2Honor campaign at www.operationhomefront.net/mission2honor

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M2H map updated 051816We’re getting closer to filling out the map with your messages of gratitude to our military and veterans, but we still need your help. We’d like to see this map filled entirely by the end of Military Appreciation Month, and we need only 18 more states to reach all 50!  You can submit messages here or on your social media using #Mission2Honor.

Here are some of our favorite #Mission2Honor messages from the last week.

Deborah from Georgia

Our military, our heroes! Tell a military person you see “thanks for what you do for us unselfishly every day of the year

Robin from West Virginia

Saying thank you seems so insignificant in the face of all that you do! My family & I truly appreciate the sacrifice that both you & your families make every day to keep us safe and our Country free!

Colleen from Maryland

As a Veteran and a mom of military member there are not enough words or thanks that can be shared to everyone who has dedicated their lives, time, dedication to our loved ones who have served our country. The families have endured all that comes with the perils of war. The sacrifices, physical and emotional we all face give us the strength to be there for our families.  God Bless all and THANK YOU

Mary from Florida

Thank you so much for your service and the sacrifice you make each and every day to serve our great country!!!! You all give up time with your children and spouses, not to mention extended family, and for this, I thank you!!

I recently visited NYC for the first time and visited the 9/11 Memorial. They did a fantastic job with the Memorial and Museum, and visiting that place made me even more thankful for our military and the work you do!!

May God bless you and keep you safe!!!

Angela from South Carolina

Thank you for standing in the gap and fighting for our country! All that you do is appreciated and respected!

Wendi from Delaware

Our service members deserve accolades for their sacrifices. It’s not just deployments… That is a huge factor but there are a million other reasons we are thankful to our military. It takes a special group of people to show unwavering dedication as they support our nation’s objectives… Even when they personally may not agree.

When one person serves, their whole family sacrifices. Our military is the strongest in the world! The reason is the amazing people who enlist and the support they get from their families. We appreciate and salute everyone who has served, and everyone who sacrifices at home with them.

Gloria from Georgia

I’d like to thank all the Veterans (including my Grandfather, Uncle, Father) and Military families for their service and sacrifice everyone endures. To those whom were once neighbors / friends that with selfless support have become family. To all the Battle Buddies who still hold up to that oath. Thank you to everyone who hold our freedom to the highest, the support civilians (family & friends) give to keep the pride alive. Thank you. Not to mention all the programs that help get through trying times of deployment or separation, Operation Home front, USO, Local chapters of VFW. Our family truly appreciates it all. God Bless America. Home of the Free because of the Brave.

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Join us next week as we post more of our favorite #Mission2Honor messages showing support from a grateful nations. Learn more about out #Mission2Honor campaign at www.operationhomefront.net/mission2honor

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M2H map updated 051116We asked you to help fill out this map with messages of thanks to our military and veterans. Shout out to all of the Colorado folks, who took the top spot of most messages from a single state. Can you help spread the word to entirely fill this map by the end of Military Appreciation Month? You can submit messages here or on your social using #Mission2Honor.

Here are some of our favorite #Mission2Honor messages from the last week.

Michael from Hawaii

Much Mahalo and Aloha from Hawaii! When we think about what Military Families stand for: sacrifice, dedication, loyalty, honor, discipline, integrity, strength, faith, love, and enduring commitment – we salute you and humbly submit our deepest gratitude for all that you do to support and protect our great nation! God bless you and God bless the United States of America!

Ashley from the United Kingdom

My husband is Active Duty Air Force so from our military family to yours, past and present, thank you for your sacrifice, your time you dedicate to protecting our freedoms and your love for our great country. Land of the free because of the brave.

Audrey from Washington

Sending love, admiration, and respect to my dad Julian M., and his group of Vietnam-era, Chamorro Veterans in Tacoma, WA! That tiny island has shed more native blood for this nation than any other state or territory. God bless you all for your sacrifice

Vickie from Indiana

From the Hoosier state I personally want to send you warm wishes and thoughts to wherever you are. You are thought and prayed for every day. From Indy Blue Star Mom

Katrina from New Mexico

As a military brat and a Gold Star Sibling, I want to say thank you for all you do to keep our families safe and happy!

Laura from Colorado

I cannot say thank you enough to all the brave men and women who are serving, have served or gave the ultimate sacrifice and died for our country. On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you for your service!!

Shiloh from Missouri

Thank you for all you have and are doing.

You are the reason for our freedoms. May God bless you and your families in all you do.

Thank you.

Angela

Thank you to all of you, for all the support you give! And to my brothers and sisters in arms, thank you for always standing beside me!

Malissa

Every day of my life, all Americans lives are affected by what you do. We are able to enjoy our lives and feel safe because of what you do. Your selfless dedication and commitment to the United States of American is appreciated more than words can ever express.

Please know that I will be forever grateful for my freedoms, because of your service.

Reverend Conger from Texas

Blessings and Peace from Texas

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Join us next week as we post more of our favorite #Mission2Honor messages showing support from a grateful nation. Learn more about out #Mission2Honor campaign at www.operationhomefront.net/mission2honor

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Help us fill this map with thanks and gratitude!

As part of our #Mission2Honor campaign, we asked you to share messages of thanks to our military families. This week, it’s Thankful Thursday again, and we challenge our community to represent your state and send your message of support via the link below, or use your own social with #Mission2Honor.

 

Help us fill this map between now and Memorial Day with messages of thanks and gratitude

 

This week, we picked our favorites from one coast to another and few from states in-between:

Shon from Cali:

As a fellow military brat–in a family with several generations of us–I’m proud to be counted among you. You and your non-serving parent provide the strength for your serving parent to serve our country. Bless you all.

Taylor from Wisconsin:

Thank you veterans for all your hard work and support to all of us in America. We continue to live in a free world because of brave men and women like you!

Mindy from Iowa:

Thank you so very much for keeping us safe. Thanks for everything you do so selflessly!

I’m so thankful for each and every one of you!

God Bless and Keep You Safe!

Meg from Ohio:

Thank you for your sacrifice that keeps us free. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless and keep you.

Mari from Maine:

To Veterans and their families… For all that you do, what you have done, and probably will do… to protect us…humans, animals, and our country… the words Thank you don’t seem enough, but they are heartfelt. So Thank You…

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Join us for Military Appreciation Month and send a message of support to honor those who have served and are continuing to serve our communities across the country, using this link or via your social using #Mission2Honor. We will continue to share your messages on our blog throughout the month.

Travelling coast to coast or just down the road this summer? Fuel up and stretch your legs at a Loves Travel Stop. Loves has been a friend and supporter of our mission to build strong, stable and secure military families.

 

 

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