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Dagwood and Blondie Wish Service Members Good Cheer

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2002 – College students and members of Congress combined to send giant Thanksgiving greeting cards to deployed service members as part of Operation Grateful Nation.

Cartoon artists Dean Young and Denis Lebrun who draw the Blondie cartoon strip designed the card. Students at Boston College, Penn State University, the University of North Carolina- Wilmington and Princeton signed the 2' by 4' cards.

Senators and representatives also joined in thanking U.S. service members deployed overseas during Thanksgiving.

"We hope that this token of appreciation will show (deployed service members) they are remembered and will boost their morale," said Carmella LaSpada, executive director of the White House Commission on Remembrance.

The cards will go to deployed ships and to units overseas.

The commission works to encourage Americans to remember service members and to give back to the nation.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageSome of the cards signed by Penn State students. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Holsinger, Penn State University.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imagePenn State students presenting the cards to Brigadier General Rogert L. Decker, Commmander, U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center. From left to right are the Nittany Lion, Annette Fuller, Benjamin Hoslinger, an unidentified representative of Penn State ROTC, and Brigadier General Robert L. Decker. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Holsinger, Penn State University.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageCoach Joe Paterno signing a card. Flanking him are Penn State football players: Line Backer Dethrell Garcia (#58), Corner Back Eric Dare (#30), and Safety Paul Cronin (#29). Photo courtesy of Benjamin Holsinger, Penn State University.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageDagwood and Blondie greeting card.  
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