Help Lakewood 'Thank a Servicemember'

Thank a Servicemember postcard design

In 2019, for the sixth year in a row, the City of Lakewood invited residents to join in the ‘Thank a Servicemember’ campaign to provide messages of appreciation to our U.S. military servicemembers stationed far from home. The community responded generously, contributing almost 5,000 cards to the cause.

Since 2014, the city has now collected more than 34,000 cards and letters from Lakewood residents, schools, businesses and community groups who took the time to write a personal message or even hand-make a greeting card to brighten the day of overseas troops.  

The city sends the collected cards and letters to the nonprofit organization Operation Gratitude for delivery with care packages sent to deployed U.S. servicemembers currently overseas.

The campaign kicks off each year as part of the Patriot Day ceremony on September 11. Special free postcards are provided at City Hall and other locations around Lakewood to write your message, or make or write your own card or letter.

Each year, businesses, community groups, scout troops or religious organizations are also invited to get involved in gathering cards. More information is offered at

To see a list of our partners in this year's campaign, visit