Mayor Todd Rogers and the City of Lakewood have launched a “Thank a Soldier” campaign. Through December 5, postcards and letters of appreciation from Lakewood residents to our nation’s troops are being collected citywide. At nine different locations around the city (see below), you can bring a letter or fill out a Lakewood commemorative postcard available at those locations. The city will send the cards and letters to U.S. troops overseas through the military support group, Operation Gratitude. “We may not know their faces or their names, but we should take every opportunity to thank our troops for all they do for us,” said Mayor Todd Rogers. “The holidays are close at hand, and it’s a time to remember that there are those who are away from their families who work hard to protect our lives and our freedoms. Take the time to let them know you appreciate the sacrifices and the risks that they endure.”
Drop off your own letter or use one of Lakewood’s commemorative postcards available at the following locations:
• Lakewood Center
• Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
• Lakewood City Hall
• Angelo Iacoboni Library
• Nye Library
• Burns Community Center
• Weingart Senior Center
• Palms Community Center
Don’t know where to start with a note? Here are some tips:
• Start your letter with a salutation, such as “Dear Hero” or “Dear Brave One.”
• Express your thanks for their selfless service.
• Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you pray for them is wonderful.
• Share a little about yourself.
• Talk about life back home including sports, weather, pets, family, hobbies, music, and movies.
• Adults: include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient may reply
• Children: FIRST NAMES ONLY and no addresses please.
Still can’t find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead. (Please, avoid glitter)!