Inspired by our photo essay on Camp Lejeune and Jacksonville, we are collecting messages of thanks and support for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Take a moment to leave your message here, and we will compile them in late January to share with service personnel across all branches. The comments will also be available here at for viewing and sharing. Click below to submit your message and view those submitted by others.

Upon submitting a message, we only require you provide your first name and where you are from. The required email address will only be used if we need to contact you about your submission. Our State reserves the right to remove or refrain from posting any message that is deemed inappropriate, vulgar, or not in keeping with this spirit of this project.

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