“We Will Never Forget You.”

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“In Memory Of Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice For Freedom On And After September 11, 2001: We Will Never Forget You.”

The first sergeants and various members of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing came together (in an undisclosed Southeast Asia location) to paint and restore a 9-11-01 memorial. The first sergeants saw the wear and tear to the tribute from the harsh desert elements and voted unanimously to restore the walls. So the “shirts” raised the money and contacted Mr. Mike May, a telephone installation and repair contractor with the 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron to help with the restoration project. May was the lead artist for the restoration project. May, along with 13 volunteers, first sergeants and other members of the 386th AEW, worked more than 150 hours and used approximately two and a half gallons of paint on the project. Other than some minor artistic changes to make the murals more authentic to the photos or memorials this project will have a finishing coat in an attempt to preserve the memorial for years to come.

(Photos by Master Sgt. Christopher Campbell. Used with permission.)

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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2 Responses to “We Will Never Forget You.”

  1. Donna Williams says:

    Awesome work to everyone involved in the project from the ones who first painted this memorial to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing folks who recently worked to restore this wonder memorial. Thank you from this very proud Navy wife and Marine mom. May God Bless you and help you all return home safely to your families.

  2. Mustang.Koji says:

    Wonderful… Really heartwarming!

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