THANK YOU to all who serve and have served in our U.S. Armed Forces! Caption: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted adviser to the chairman, speaks with Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, in Laghman province.. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade. Used with permission.)
"Dear Operation Gratitude: Thank you so much for what you do. Here is a picture of my grandfather opening one of your care packages. He received it during his Honor Flight a few weeks ago. It's so wonderful that you remember not only our active troops, but also our veterans. Thanks again! S.B."
"How do I begin to thank all of the people involved in Operation Gratitude? It was overwhelming how many were involved in my recent Honor Flight experience…And of course your organization! My wife, Norma, experienced my emotion and wrote this poem which exemplifies my deep feelings and thankfulness. Eugene D."
From a DVIDSHUB story by Maj. Emily Potter: "Around ten years ago, Robert Bartlett started looking for the aircraft he flew on in Vietnam. Bartlett was the flight engineer aboard tail number 756, which he named 'Flower Power' to counter the atmosphere of civil unrest and negative attitudes towards the war. He didn’t realize that his search, and the aircraft itself, would forge a bond connecting Army Aviators 46 years apart."