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18 June 2007

Brad Avery, of GRAMMY-winning and multi-Platinum-certified Christian rock band Third Day, has co-penned “Thank You,” a stirring anthem selected as the new theme song for A Million Thanks, www.amillionthanks.org. Written with friend, Scott Thomas, “Thank You” is a stirring anthem written from the perspective of someone back home, writing a letter of gratitude to a soldier fighting somewhere across the globe. The song shares a common focus with this unique, charitable campaign.

The inspiration for “Thank You” began at an airport when Scott Thomas met a soldier who was departing for Fallujah after a two week visit with his family in the U.S. After a moving conversation, Scott felt led to reach out in some way, but didn't know what to do. With all of the negative news coverage of the war, none of which focused on our soldiers and their sacrifice, he decided to write a song to show his gratitude. With help from his good friend, Brad Avery, they put their thoughts and feelings to music.

Avery and Thomas hope to encourage soldiers and their families by letting them know the gratitude felt for their sacrifice for our country and our freedom. “We also hope to incite others to express their thanks verbally and through random acts of kindness to soldiers and their families,” shares Avery.

Another person moved to reach out in thanks to our soldiers is Shauna Fleming, a recent high school graduate from Orange, Calif. and founder of A Million Thanks. The year-round campaign was launched when Shauna was a freshman in order to show our U.S. Military Men and Women, past and present, appreciation for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country through our letters, emails, cards, prayers, and thoughts.

When Shauna heard “Thank You,” she loved it and decided to make it the campaign’s theme song. “‘Thank You’ is exactly what the A Million Thanks organization is all about,” she says. “The song lyrics match what Americans say in the millions of thank you letters that we have received and distributed to the troops around the world. We pray for them, we miss them and we want to thank them.”

A Million Thanks has collected and distributed over three million thank you letters and cards to U.S. military members since March, 2004. Along the way, Fleming has partnered with General Motors to further the efforts of her organization. GM featured Fleming in a series of national commercials aired during the month of May, National Military Appreciation Month. In the ads, Fleming asks viewers to thank our military men and women by writing a thank you letter and depositing them in special A Million Thanks mailboxes at all 3,500 Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealers across the country. Their goal collecting one million thank you letters during the month of May was achieved.

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