We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday. We are grateful for all the volunteers who came to the armory on Friday and Saturday to help assemble thousands of Operation Gratitude care packages. (See the photo albums on our Facebook page.)
One of the highlights from the weekend was the presence of three American Gold Star
Mothers at the armory. They worked on the assembly line, learned how to make Paracord “Survival” Bracelets, and spoke with many of the other volunteers, including several Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines who joined us from Camp Pendleton. At the noon-time break the Gold Star Mothers presented to Operation Gratitude a $12,000 donation which they raised at a fundraiser held on September 30 at the American Legion Hall in Newport Beach, CA. What an extraordinary effort!
We were truly honored to have these beautiful women join us.
The Gold Star Mothers, wearing all white, a tradition symbolizing peace and sacrifice, are pictured here with Carolyn Blashek (far right), founder of Operation Gratitude. From left to right: Sally Monsoor, mother of Michael Monsoor who died in Iraq and received the Medal of Honor for his actions on the day he died, as well as the Silver and Bronze Stars for earlier actions; Elaine Krepp, whose son Earl died in Vietnam; and Sue Pollard, president of American Gold Star Moms, Inc, Dept. of Southern California and Hawaii, whose son Justin died in Iraq.
There are no words that can adequately sum up our heartfelt gratitude to the Monsoor, Krepp and Pollard families for their service to our country. We humbly honor them — and all who have made similar sacrifices — and vow to never forget the price they have paid.
Sir Winston Churchill’s quote from decades ago rings true even today: “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.”
Read more about these American Gold Star Mothers and the work they do here: Auction to help Gold Star Mothers help others. They are an inspiration to us all!