Celebrating Gratitude: Making the Connection between the Gift of Freedom
and Those Who Worked to Provide It
Please join the Celebrating Gratitude Committee of Northern Colorado in expressing our heartfelt gratitude to veterans this Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, 2019.
We encourage you and the people you know to join the community in celebrating gratitude in several ways:
If you are an individual:
1. Write a personal letter of gratitude to a specific veteran you know. Deliver the letter in person, if possible. Veterans are encouraged to write letters to fellow veterans too.
2. Write a general letter of gratitude to any veteran, using the salutation, “Dear Veteran.” Mail your letter(s) to Veterans Compass, P.O. Box 1, Fort Collins, CO 80522 by Friday, May 17, 2019. These letters are distributed to veterans throughout the year, including as many as possible by Memorial Day. Remaining letters will be distributed shortly thereafter during other regional veterans events. We distribute these letters in person.
3. Include the following elements in your letter(s):
(1) Describe what the veteran did to make a difference; (2) describe how his or her service and sacrifice benefited you, such as how his or her work has created the conditions where we American citizens enjoy a free country. Including these specifics is a skill that helps letter writers reflect upon the true value of their fellow citizens’ work. It also ensures that veterans receive well thought-out letters that communicate the value, meaning, and purpose of their service and sacrifice.
If you lead a team, group, congregation, school, class, business, or any other organization:
1. Encourage your group to write letters of gratitude using the same instructions above.
2. Optional: Right click on the logo above, then Save As. Use the logo for your own notecards or stationery.
The Celebrating Gratitude Committee of Northern Colorado was founded in 2016 by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, Better World Organizations, Veterans Compass, EKS&H, and First Western Trust. Its purpose is to promote the wellness benefits of gratitude and to involve community members in the work required to express it to others. The committee has collected and distributed approximately 4,000 letters of gratitude from the community.
For more information, please feel free to contact us:
Mary Zenzen, Chair
Donna Chapel, Chief Ambassador