Military Heroes Month: From our Hearts We Say "Thank You!"

Dec 5, 2013 4:30 PM ET

From our Hearts we say “Thank You” Military Heroes!

Our Southwest Family shares an attitude of gratitude towards our Military Heroes!  The month of November has been dedicated to our Military Heroes with four themes:  Service. Honor. Sacrifice.  Celebrate.  A “Thank You” can be a simple handshake or hug in the airport, writing a personal message of gratitude on a patriotic card, or by volunteering your time with a military support organization.  Our messages of appreciation positively impact the men and women wearing the U.S. Military Uniforms and protecting our freedom, across the world.  A heartfelt “Thank You” boosts their morale and encourages them to stay the course even through the difficult times and long separations. 

The following messages were written by YOU, our Southwest Customers and Employees.  These messages will soon arrive at U.S. Military bases around the world delivered by our non-profit partner organization, A Million Thanks.  A Million Thanks is approaching its 10th anniversary, and Founder Shauna Fleming shared, “We are 6.3 million letters and counting past the original one million I hoped to send to soldiers, and we have no plans to stop. Our military has never stopped fighting for us and for our freedoms, so let’s never stop thanking them!” To learn more about A Million Thanks and how you can participate, visit  

Enjoy these messages written to our soldiers from across the nation:

“Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.  I appreciate your help keeping my family safe.” — Scott, Southwest Customer, Arizona

“It is such an honor and joy to assist these men and women who fought for the freedoms we all enjoy today.  They have changed me in so many ways and again I must give thanks to them for all they have done and continue to do for us.” — Southwest Employee Ellen, Phoenix

“Thank you for your commitment to our country and my freedom.  I am so grateful for you!  May God richly bless your dedication and your family also.  I am praying for your protection and safe return home.” — Southwest Customer, Las Vegas

“May God continue to bless you and watch over you, I pray for our world’s peace and protection from all harm for you.  Please be encouraged because America cares!” — Southwest Customer

“To the Troops!  Great job, keep up your spirits, and may God bless you.  It’s people like you that make this country great.”  U.S. Army 80-84 & Southwest Customer

Thank you for making our Country a better place.”  Southwest Customer, New Orleans

“Dear Armed Forces, thanks for keeping America safe and for protecting our freedom and liberty.  We Bostonians know the value of being strong together and we are with you all the way!”  Southwest Customer, Boston Strong

“Our Purpose at Southwest Airlines is to connect People to what’s most important in their lives, and a lot of what we do on a daily basis would not even be possible without the service of our Military and their service to our Country.  The sacrifice of these men and women and their families does not go unnoticed.  I try hard not to miss an opportunity to say Thank you!”  —Southwest Employee Danielle, Denver

“Just one great big THANK YOU!  Come home safe!  Denver Cares.” — Southwest Customer, Colorado

“Thank you for all you do and believe your sacrifice doesn’t go unnoticed.  So often our liberties are taken for granted.  Please know that I am forever grateful of you and pray for you to hurry home.” — Lyndsey, Southwest Customer

“From a Paramedic faithfully serving and protecting at home, to YOU the Brave Soldiers protecting our freedoms, THANK YOU!”  — Southwest Customer, Philadelphia

“Special thanks for your service.  We live in the safest and best country in the world because of all you have given and do for us.  Have a peaceful and safe holiday and come home safely.  Texans Care!” — Southwest Customer, Texas

“To my brothers and sisters in arms that have served in the military, and to those whose families have lost a son or daughter, father, mother, sister or brother when making the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  God Bless them all!” — Southwest Employee, Baltimore

“I am humbled by your bravery and dedication.  Please know that you are appreciated for everything that you do.  Stay positive and come home safe.”  — Southwest Customer, Alexis

“My Dad proudly served in WWII as a bombardier on a B17 in Europe during the years of 1941-1943.   There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t look to the sky and know that he is watching over me now, as he was watching out for all Americans back then.  Thank you to ALL of the service men and women who so unselfishly keep us safe.” — Southwest Employee Cheryl, Community Affairs

“We are on a return flight after visiting friends, while you are away defending our freedom and without your efforts to protect our country, this trip would not have been possible.  Many thanks!!!”  —  Drew & Sara, Southwest Customers

“Whether our appreciation is shared in person, or through other channels Southwest Employees and our Customers along with our military partners want to say, THANK YOU to our Military Heroes.  And, it always comes from our hearts.” — Southwest Employee Laura, Community Outreach

Do you have a Military Hero you thank each day?  Share your photos with the hash tags #Celebrate and #MilitaryHeroes.