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Hand Signal Pays Respect to Soldiers in Uniform
KNDO ^ | June 23, 2008

Posted on 06/27/2008 10:16:20 AM PDT by BulletBobCo

SEATTLE, Wash-- A Seattle man started a trend that pays respect to soldiers in uniform when they are in public places like airports. Since launching a website in September he's received millions of web hits.

The trend is called the Gratitude Campaign and it all starts with a hand signal that you can do anytime you see a soldier in uniform. The signal is a new way to thank soldiers for their service without having to interrupt them or make them feel uncomfortable.

Soldiers in the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat team are preparing to leave for Iraq in August. They will be travelling through commercial airports and are getting familiar with the hand signal.

"It's an easy way to say thank you without having to feel that awkwardness because I know for some guys and some of my friends in the military its sometimes hard to know what to say back," said Donald Nelson, U.S. Army Delta Company.

The founder of the Gratitude Campaign says all you have to do is put your hand on your heart and then move your arm down. He chose the heart rather than the American Sign Language 'thank you' from the chin because he says nothing from the heart can be seen as offensive.

"We switched to the sign that starts at the heart thinking that even if you didn't know what that means anything that comes from the heart is probably a good thing," said Scott Truitt, Founder of Gratitude Campaign.

Since launching a website the Gratitude Campaign has gained national attention, being played on digital billboards in New York City and having eight million video downloads.

"It would be a little bit easier to recognize that then somebody coming up and making you feel awkward when they thank you," said Vincient Reil, U.S. Army Private.

Soldiers from the National Guard in Pasco say they like the hand signal because it is easier than stopping them in the airport and less awkward.

"I think just like everybody else, if I could leave today and get it over with I'd just as soon do that but I'm excited, trying to get my team prepared and trying to get my guys ready," said Thomas Wynecobb, U.S. Army Platoon Leader.

If you walk past a soldier try the hand signal and show him you're thankful he's serving our country.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armedforces; gratitudecampaign; marines; military; wot
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1 posted on 06/27/2008 10:16:20 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo

Awesome!

Bump!


2 posted on 06/27/2008 10:18:24 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: BulletBobCo

Excellent.


3 posted on 06/27/2008 10:20:28 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: BulletBobCo

ping-aroo


4 posted on 06/27/2008 10:21:03 AM PDT by politicket
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To: BulletBobCo

Not a bad idea.


5 posted on 06/27/2008 10:21:11 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: BulletBobCo

Thanks for the post. I’ll do it when apropriate. Whenever I see someone in uniform, I always shake their hand and thank them.


6 posted on 06/27/2008 10:21:18 AM PDT by unkus
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To: BulletBobCo

We get signal!


7 posted on 06/27/2008 10:23:01 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: BulletBobCo

I saw this video and here’s my thought on it. I suppose that when one lives in an ultra liberal area like Seattle, one may be intimidated by all the libtards in showing proper respect and gratitude to our troops.

For me, when I come across one of our brave and wonderful troops, I make no bones at all about doing up to them and proudly offering my support, gratitude and respect for their sacrifice and dedication. To do less than that by cowering to the “PC” bullsh*t, is a disservice to our troops.

If some liberal scumbag has a problem with that, they can kiss my MARINE CORPS a$$ at their own peril.


8 posted on 06/27/2008 10:23:48 AM PDT by Howie66 (To the RAT Party: How can I question your patriotism? You have none, so what's your point?)
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To: BulletBobCo

Very nice..


9 posted on 06/27/2008 10:23:48 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: BulletBobCo

I still like the romulan salute.


10 posted on 06/27/2008 10:24:14 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: BulletBobCo

I will still say thank you. This hand signal is not for me.


11 posted on 06/27/2008 10:24:29 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: BulletBobCo

That’s very nice. Perhaps I’ll start using it as a counterpoint to the salute I usually give anti-war protesters.


12 posted on 06/27/2008 10:25:13 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Peace is Not The Question.)
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To: BulletBobCo

Wow. That is brilliant.


13 posted on 06/27/2008 10:25:37 AM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: BulletBobCo

I’ve always wanted to salute them...but I think this would be more appropriate.


14 posted on 06/27/2008 10:26:12 AM PDT by RWB Patriot
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To: BulletBobCo

Thank you, I have sent it to several dozen other people.


15 posted on 06/27/2008 10:26:42 AM PDT by ProudFossil
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To: BulletBobCo
Good to know!


16 posted on 06/27/2008 10:28:19 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (We dont have 2 go 2 a madhouse 2 find disordered minds; earth is the mental institution of theworld)
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To: BulletBobCo
A short "Semper Fi" will always do for Marines.

Works on squids, flyboys, and soldiers too.

17 posted on 06/27/2008 10:32:17 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: All

Outstanding...


18 posted on 06/27/2008 10:33:35 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: BulletBobCo

BUMP


19 posted on 06/27/2008 10:34:34 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: BulletBobCo

I can see myself flubbing this hand signal and getting a WTF look back. I’ll stick to plain old talking.


20 posted on 06/27/2008 10:35:30 AM PDT by macamadamia
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

bump!


22 posted on 06/27/2008 10:36:41 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: FrPR

Take a page from WWII - salute a vet if you are a vet.. I do.

IF not, an old standby, the “Thumbs up” works well.


23 posted on 06/27/2008 10:39:37 AM PDT by ASOC
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To: Howie66

“If some liberal scumbag has a problem with that, they can kiss my MARINE CORPS a$$ at their own peril.”

Thank You Sir!


24 posted on 06/27/2008 10:39:48 AM PDT by poobear (“…individual salvation depends on collective salvation." Barack Hussein Obama Wesleyan University)
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To: Squantos

Ping!


25 posted on 06/27/2008 10:40:25 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: FrPR

Well, I still salute. I believe they just changed the rules(law?) that allows you to salute in civilian clothes. I think Reagan started returning salutes, followed by the presidents succeeding him but it didn’t have any official status so they finally caught up with it. I believe it allows you render the hand salute to the colors as well and during the national anthem.


26 posted on 06/27/2008 10:41:22 AM PDT by Belasarius (Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:2-7)
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To: All

I salute publicly and will buy drinks for them when I can.


27 posted on 06/27/2008 10:42:30 AM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: The KG9 Kid
Works on squids, flyboys, and soldiers too.

That it does. Take if from an old squid, getting a Semper Fi from a Marine is just about as good as you can do. BTT.

28 posted on 06/27/2008 10:43:54 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: FrPR

SIMPLIFY!

Don’t complicate a good thing—leave that to those who fail to grok the simplest of things!

Semper Fidelis
Dick Gaines
~~~~~


29 posted on 06/27/2008 10:48:03 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: BulletBobCo

That’s really great.


30 posted on 06/27/2008 10:49:07 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: BulletBobCo

Awesome.


31 posted on 06/27/2008 10:49:32 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: BulletBobCo

I am a two tour, twice wounded Vietnam veteran....
It has been my honor to buy a little gas for a few military personnel in Morehead City...More than a few checks picked up in some resturants... and if only a short thank you and a little reminder that I will refuse to allow these people to face what I and my fellow veterans faced when returning from SE Asia...

I will not allow these warriors to be slighted....

HooRah, HooYah, Ooooah, and Semper Fi........

I ask all my brothers of our war to try and do the same...


32 posted on 06/27/2008 10:50:50 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: ProudFossil

Me too. We gotta make this salute as well used and normal as an everyday thing, so it will come natural.


33 posted on 06/27/2008 10:52:13 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: FrPR
I am always tempted to shoot quick a “salute” the way Gordon Liddy does

Nothing wrong with a casual, informal salute as a greeting. Like a wave, towards the brow but without the "pause" of a formal salute.

Not appropriate in uniform of course, but from a civilian or veteran it looks fine and the meaning is crystal clear.

Army salutes indoors when reporting, otherwise only in headgear.

Lower initiates salute and holds until higher returns and drops.

If you are in civilian clothes, a quick "thrown" salute will not inconvenience because I would not return, but acknowledge with thanks or smile.

34 posted on 06/27/2008 10:53:54 AM PDT by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: BulletBobCo; Peanut Gallery; SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; alfa6

I guess a simple thumbs up is too hard?


35 posted on 06/27/2008 11:02:51 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: BulletBobCo

WONDERFUL.

THANKS

BTTT


36 posted on 06/27/2008 11:09:54 AM PDT by Quix (WE HAVE THE OIL NOW http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3340274697167011147)
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To: Billthedrill

“Semper Fi, Marine!” has left some of them grasping for words or almost in tears. It is the “universal code” of thanks. Works for everybody too, Bill.

S/F
F


37 posted on 06/27/2008 11:11:17 AM PDT by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Eye contact with a nice smile are good too.


38 posted on 06/27/2008 11:14:58 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: BulletBobCo

I don’t know if I’d be comfortable with this. Great idea but I think it would feel akward, at least at first. If in proximity, “welcome home” works well.


39 posted on 06/27/2008 11:16:10 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: Professional Engineer
I guess a simple thumbs up is too hard?

I don't think that that is too hard. My opinion is that anything that anyone does to show that they are appreciative of a veteran's service to their country is appropriate.

40 posted on 06/27/2008 11:17:08 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Boonie

Thank you for serving our country, Boonie. Husband does just what you do. Lunches, beer, and even a couple sky-dive jumps to our service men, he is an old wanna-be airborne at heart.


41 posted on 06/27/2008 11:27:35 AM PDT by constant
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To: Howie66

Yo, Howie, thanks for your service...but...

As the story says, this simple gesture lets the soldiers off easy. They don’t have to talk to us, all they have to do is RECEIVE our thanks. It’s about the soldier’s comfort, not our need to be recognized for recognizing their service.

Does that make sense?

(psst....how come only part of you is a Marine? I didn’t know they did partials! LOL!)


42 posted on 06/27/2008 11:49:00 AM PDT by blu (Last one out of Michigan, please turn off the lights.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Works on squids, flyboys, and soldiers too.
The correct term is "zoomies", thank you very much! (Coming from a former zoomie, mind you!) ;)
43 posted on 06/27/2008 12:11:51 PM PDT by Sulsa ("If you think health care is expensive now, wait until is free." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: BulletBobCo
Thanks! Duly passed on at my little blog. Such a good idea. God bless all who serve and have served.
44 posted on 06/27/2008 12:17:05 PM PDT by redhead (B-I-NGO...B-I-NGO...)
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To: Howie66

ABSOLUTLY!
Semper fi mac


45 posted on 06/27/2008 12:20:10 PM PDT by devistate one four (H I V Homophobia Is Vindicated)
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To: Boonie

Boonie,

Semper Fi and thanks for your service in Vietnam! That was my war (I am in my 50’s.) I could not understand why the boys coming back from SE Asia were being disrespected. That was a horrible place to be.


46 posted on 06/27/2008 12:23:13 PM PDT by Buddygirl (Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.)
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To: blu

“As the story says, this simple gesture lets the soldiers off easy. They don’t have to talk to us, all they have to do is RECEIVE our thanks. It’s about the soldier’s comfort, not our need to be recognized for recognizing their service.”

I can assure you that the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coasties and Marines would not feel uncomfortable in having somebody who is genuine and open in showing their gratitude, support and respect.

In far too many cases those that have no sense of gratitude, appreciation or respect for our troops make no bones at all in expressing their opinions and hostility in a very public and rude manner. Perhaps it is those “people” that should find a “covert” way of doing so. I will also say that where they have a right to express themselves, I retain my right to express my contempt and disdain for them.

Don’t fret....I am and will remain 100% MARINE.

PS: I appreciate your thanks.


47 posted on 06/27/2008 1:33:04 PM PDT by Howie66 (To the RAT Party: How can I question your patriotism? You have none, so what's your point?)
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To: Howie66
I'm a shy person. I also don't want to inconvenience people. When I was in Fairbanks last year, I saw a gazillion service folks. I was too shy to go up and say “Thanks” (but I did thank the hotties in the airport that were sitting next to me!), so I gave ‘em the thumbs up, or mouthed the word “Thanks”...cos I didn't want them to have to go to any more trouble for me. I figured they're doing the fighting, why make them stop and talk?

(heh, thought you said your a$$ was Marine!!!)
Ah, love Friday afternoons!

48 posted on 06/27/2008 1:49:53 PM PDT by blu (Last one out of Michigan, please turn off the lights.)
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To: BulletBobCo

I like a thumb’s up.


49 posted on 06/27/2008 1:51:34 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: BulletBobCo

When people thank me for my service, especially in Viet Nam, I just tell them, “My privilege!”


50 posted on 06/27/2008 2:05:42 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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