Married members of the U.S. military know their spouses carry a heavy burden at home when they are deployed. Of the 808,000 parents deployed since September 11th, 2001, more than 212,000 have been away twice, and about 103,000 have deployed three or more times. And while the service member often receives the accolades, gifts and care packages, the spouse’s sacrifice is sometimes forgotten.
This Friday, May 7, Edmonds-based Operation Military Family is sponsoring Operation Petal Power, aimed at honoring military spouses by leaving a flower on military spouses’ doorsteps, mailing them a paper flower made by your children or school, or emailing them a virtual flower. Here’s how it works:
1. Click here to download the PDF Flower image, print it out, and make as many copies as youâ€™ll need. Have your children, classroom, church small groups or business associates color the picture. You can scan it and send it via email, U.S. postal serviceÂ or tape it to your recipientâ€™s front door anonymously.
2. Click here toÂ open and send the “We Appreciate You”Â Flower Card; if you haven’t got time to color and scan, download this PDF and attach it to your outgoing email to a military spouse.
3. Share Operation Pedal Power with your friends who may want to participate in this activity with you â€“ just copy the URL link above and forward to your email addresses from your personal email.