The July Fourth holiday is a time to celebrate America’s freedom. This post expresses our thanks to those who are working to protect it.
Canvas on Demand has an initiative called Operation Hi Honey. It has been our way, over the years, of honoring our troops who are deployed overseas and their spouses who are holding down the home front in their absence. Operation Hi Honey has awarded hundreds of our deployed men and women a free fine art canvas, printed from a favorite photo, which is presented to their spouse on their anniversary. It’s a way for soldiers to say I love you… and it’s a way for Canvas on Demand to say to our troops, Thanks for a job well-done!
Here are just a few of those canvases and the stories behind them.
Gordon explained his canvas and his love for his wife, Christin. “I had a fellow airman take this while I was standing on a ladder to surprise my wife. I am always thinking about her and hate being away from her and my family. Her strength helps make my important job easier while I am away from home.”
Robert told us that “This picture was taken the day I flew out to Iraq–Me, Megan, and our son Christian James (12 months old). I met Megan my freshman year of college. She is loving and good to me and our son. She is always
pushing me to do more than what I think I’m capable of doing. I could not be where I am without her.”
And David honored his wife, Taylor with the following:
“This is a photo of my wife and I on our wedding day. I returned on R & R from Iraq for two weeks. During that time, we got married, honeymooned, and then I returned to Iraq to finish out the last six months of my tour. She’s a rock-star! This is our fourth deployment together. She’s a full-time teacher and a full-time graduate student. She also just bought us our first house in my absence, and put the whole move together without me.”
I have had the honor of delivering some of these canvases to spouses, and I have seen firsthand the sacrifices and work involved in being the one left at home to tend to the home and children…and to love unconditionally from such a distance…all the while being fully aware of the dangers.
Thanks to all those who serve and to all those who contribute from the homefront. You are our heroes and we love you! Let Freedom Ring! Mom