Don’t Forget to Thank the Military this 4th of July!

This conversation about how to thank the military this 4th of July is sponsored by Outback and Social Chorus but all opinions expressed are my own.

When I was growing up, my father was in the Naval Reserves.  Some of my earliest memories if him include those shiny shoes, formal navy uniform and that flat topped white hat with the black brim.  He always looked so handsome in that uniform!  He was in the Naval Reserves for 25 years and I like to think that at some point during his service, someone stopped to say THANK YOU for the work he was doing.  I may not always agree with the politics of what our military is sent off to DO, but I certainly appreciate the men and women serving our country and the hard work they have to do to keep us safe.  This country would not be the independent nation it is today if it weren’t for our country’s military personnel and every once in a while, I bet they like to have someone say thank you.  So, this 4th of July, take a moment to thank the military however you feel is appropriate but here are a few suggestions:

Ways to Thank the Military this 4th of July

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  • Think about doing something nice for the spouse of a deployed service member.  It is hard to have your significant other deployed for long periods of time.  Offer to babysit a child or bring them a meal to help reduce the workload while they are on their own.
  • Own a local business?  Offer a military discount!  And make sure you publicize it…secret discounts do not help much!
  • Get your church involved by having a military appreciation ‘date night’ where childcare is provided in the nursery and a potluck dinner is provided by the congregation.
  • Send a care package:  Some of the best items to put in military care packages are personal items like deodorant, baby wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.  Playing cards and dice are great forms of entertainment, snacks that ship well like prepackaged Rice Krispy Treats, sunflower seeds, beef jerky or even boxed macaroni and cheese or Ramen noodles. Magazines are also very popular and do not have to be brand new to be enjoyed!
  • Write a letter and let them know what is going on here at home.
  • Have a friend, neighbor, or acquaintance that is home on leave?  A simple hand shake and word of thanks will let them know that you appreciate their service.
  • Say a prayer.  Pray for the safety of the one deployed and strength for the one left behind.
  • Make a donation to a military charity.  Check out Clark Howard’s Best and Worst Military Charities.

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Everyone always makes great plans for the 4th July…pool parties, fireworks, and grilling out are great ways to spend the day.  But, take a moment next week to thank a military service member for their hard work and sacrifice.  Without them, our country would not be the free nation it is today!

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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!


  1. Mami2jcn says:
    I would thank my brother for serving in the Navy.
  2. Rae Nelson says:
    I would like to say with heartfelt hugs and kisses to my grandfather and uncle both who served in the military and completed tours overseas Thank you with all my love!
  3. Janet W. says:
    I'd like to say thanks to my father and father-in-law for both serving in the Army. And thank you to all who currently serve. It's an amazing sacrifice that our nation greatly appreciates.
  4. my brother is in the army. I would just say thank you for all you do
  5. We do not know anyone in the military, but we would thank them for all that they do.
  6. Melanie Montgomery says:
    My brother is a marine.
  7. Carrie Phelps says:
    Right now I don't know anyone in the military and would thank my own father.
  8. Nicole Newby says:
    I do not personally know anybody in the military, but I would thank all of those serving our country.
  9. Adrienne Gordon says:
    I would say thank you for preserving our freedom.
  10. christine jessamine says:
    my husband is army. he does alot for the country and our family
  11. Christina Sparks says:
    My grandpa, dad, sister and brother were all in the military-and I thank them for defending our Country.
  12. Ann Fantom says:
    I thank my dad for his military service by taking him out to dinner on Veterans Day
  13. shannon Baas says:
    my nephew is in the military.
  14. Mary Calabrese says:
    My husband served in the Navy for 4 years.
  15. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:
    my nephew has served both in Afghanistan and Iraq vmkids3 at msn dot com
  16. My son is in the military.
  17. April Brenay says:
    my husband is in the military, love him so much!
  18. Cynthia C says:
    I don't know anyone personally, but I sincerely thank all who serve.
  19. trisha kilpatrick says:
    My husband is not current military, but he is a war vet. My cousin is presently in the military. I am extremely grateful to all who serve: past, present, future, those I know, and those I don't know.
  20. Denise S says:
    My son is in the army and I'd say thanks for all you do and I'm proud.
  21. My husband is a retired veteran of the Army, I'm thankful for him & others like him that are willing to put their lives on the line to protect others.
  22. Suzanne K says:
    I have several friends who are vets; I thank them often. I also thank strangers in uniform.
  23. not anyone currently but my grandfather served. we honoerd him with a military funeral
  24. Mary Casper says:
    Any time I see someone in uniform I simply walk up to them and say thank you for your service
  25. Elizabeth J. says:
    I have an uncle who served in Vietnam.
  26. Barbara Long says:
    My nephew serves in the Air Force and I thank him for serving his [email protected]
  27. Stephanie Larison says:
    My father in law was in the service.
  28. Monique Rizzo says:
    My friends husband...I would say thanks by giving them this gift card to enjoy an evening out. Thanks for the chance. [email protected]
  29. A number of family members were in the military and have thanked them for their service to our country.
  30. Tanya White says:
    I do know some members of the military and I say Thank you to them for their service to our country every time they return home.
  31. Kathleen says:
    I don't know anyone currently in the military but family members have served. I thank them for their service by sending cardskport207 at gmail dot com
  32. kyl neusch says:
    dont know any
  33. My father served in the military. We would always hang a flag.
  34. I lived in a big military town for twenty years so I know lots of them.
  35. Janna Johnson says:
    my brother in law is in the army.
  36. Friends of my son's are in the service. i fly a flag in their honor.
  37. Suzanne Lewis says:
    My cousin was in the army. I'd just say thank you directly.
  38. Kelly H. says:
    My sister and brother in law. I thank them for their service.
  39. Brittney House says:
    Both brother in laws, lots of care packages!
  40. Mihaela D. says:
    I sincerely thank all who serve
  41. dani marie says:
    yes. my cousin. and i thank him every chance i get!
  42. Debra Hall says:
    none of my family is military but im very thankful to those who are
  43. I do know military people and I make an effort to send care packages when they are away.
  44. Yes, my best friend... Would buy him a steak.
  45. Susan Smith says:
    A few members of my family were in the military and have thanked them for their service to our country
  46. Rebecca Lock says:
    I know several members of the military who are currently serving. My FIL and both my grandfathers served in the military.
  47. angela cisco says:
    Yes, quite a few. We cook dinner and bake a bunch of goodies a few times a year for the guys at the National guard recruitment center.
  48. I know several former members of the military; my dad, uncle and my assistant...I will cut him some slack to honor him. :-) Seriously, I say thank you often. :-) Thank you
  49. Laurie Emerson says:
    My husband is in the Army now. I thank those who serve by sending a lot of care packages from home from a list I get at our family center.
  50. I would like to thank my cousins who serve currently and my uncles and grandfather who are retired from the military. Thanks to all who serve for our freedoms!
  51. Tracy Allen says:
    My Uncle was in the reserves for over 20 years - he recently retired
  52. I say thanks to my grandfather.
  53. Sherry Conrad says:
    Yes my son in law - I try to do anything I can to help them out.
  54. Jeanette H. says:
    I would like to thank them all!!
  55. My 93 year old uncle was a highly decorated WWII vet. I tell him thanks all the time when I visit and take him out to dinner.
  56. susan smoaks says:
    My best friend is in the military, i would say thanks by taking him out to dinner with his family!
  57. Carolyn M says:
    I have several great nieces and nephews who are currently serving in the military and also young friends. These young people are wonderful and deserve our thanks.
  58. Lorena Keech says:
    I often speak to military members on the phone at work and I always than them for their service.
  59. Thanks for the giveaway…have a cousin still in the Marines; we send him care packages when he is deployed !
  60. Yes, I know a lot and always thank them for their service.
  61. My husband and I'd take him out to dinner

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