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We Thank You

As most of us gear up for the blitz of action that always comes on a holiday weekend it’s normal to get so caught up in our lists and labors that we kind of lose sight of what’s going on in the wider world – and by the “wider world” we’re not talking about the shrinking polar caps. We’re talking about our friends and neighbors who must put on their work clothes, whether it’s a service uniform or a barista’s apron, and cater to the rest of us while we indulge in the company of our friends and loved ones during the holidays. So, in acknowledgement of all of your hard work and service to our country and community, we’d like to say thank you to … <strong>The Service Member  </strong> You are the backbone of this country. None of “this” would be possible without your dedication and service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard (that’s right – you can’t forget the Coasties!). Whether at war or during peacetime, we see that you often don’t get to spend the holidays with your families, and because you can’t we can, and for that we salute you. <strong>The Public Servant</strong> Somewhere out there a man who didn’t read the instructions is going to hurt himself very badly with his new power saw and you, Ms. EMT, will have to take him to the hospital <em>without</em> lecturing him. We find your ability to do this amazing. The same goes for the police officer, the bus driver, the fireman and all the rest of those who keep the streets safe and make sure our houses don’t burn down. We appreciate your public service and want you to know we’re thinking of you. <strong>The Nurse/Caregiver</strong> Once Mr. Happy Saw gets to the hospital it’s up to you to make sure he gets the care that he needs, again without mentioning that moving blades are things that need to be respected. You have to deal with a lot – a lot – of difficult and nasty situations, and most of the time people are too busy freaking out to say anything nice to you. You make holidays for people possible on the most fundamental level. We need you and we know it, and we want to say thanks. <strong>The Restaurant Waitress/Waiter</strong> We know that serving people food and cleaning up after their messes is not easy, and that it can be especially frustrating through the holidays. Tempers and time can be short on both ends, and we often don’t slow down enough to properly acknowledge what you’re doing for us. Commerce, a necessary force for the health of this country, takes us out of our homes and away from our kitchens, which means sometimes we have to eat at yours. We appreciate you being there to feed us and be nice to us, and we thank you. <strong>The Sales Clerk</strong> Believe it or not, most of us know how you feel – we understand that you reserve some very choice words for us at Happy Hour while you decompress with the rest of the sales staff. The woman who asked to see your manager because the ad said cerulean blue <em>and not</em> teal? Yeah, we know her. We know she’s out there, and we know you have to deal with her and so much more. And for that, we tip our new blue hats to you. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> has its own share of holiday elves working hard to keep things going, and we’d like to say thanks to them as well. Happy holidays to everyone, and the very best to those who have to be away from their families during this time of celebration.
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