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Legendary General Joins Operation Gratitude

posted on Oct 30 2007 0 Comments

On December 1, 2007, Operation Gratitude will present the first annual NATIONAL FREEDOM AWARD as a tribute to American troops around the world who have freely sacrificed their own comfort and safety in order to serve our nation.  The organization has chosen a true hero, retired United States Army Lieutenant General Hal Moore, to be the award’s inaugural recipient.  General Moore’s renowned career has been celebrated by many within the military community.  Both on and off the battlefield, he has been an advocate and friend to American troops.

General Moore coauthored the New York Times #1 bestseller We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, the stirring, visceral account of his experience as a battalion commander in Vietnam.  The book’s major motion picture adaptation, We Were Soldiers, hailed by many as “one of the best war movies ever made,” has made him a household name.  General Moore will share the honor of this award with some special friends—cast members from the movie who will join him for a private reunion in Los Angeles and then attend the public ceremony at 12 Noon on December 1.  

“We are honored to present our first NATIONAL FREEDOM AWARD to Lt. General Hal Moore.  Through his selfless service to Country, his commitment to his faith, and his dedication to his soldiers, Lt. General Moore exemplifies American courage and resolve in pursuit of the cause of freedom and thereby inspires and encourages others to serve our Nation,” says Operation Gratitude founder Carolyn Blashek.  “We are humbled by, and deeply appreciative of, Lt. General Moore’s embrace and support of Operation Gratitude.”

  Though Moore’s impressive list of decorations includes citations like the Distinguished Service Cross, receiving the NATIONAL FREEDOM AWARD is a unique honor.  “Every day countless troops willingly place themselves in harm’s way to serve and defend our country.  One of the lessons of Vietnam was that our soldiers need to know they are not forgotten back home—particularly when they are fighting a war that has become politically unpopular,” Moore states.  “Operation Gratitude’s mission represents the best of America, the spirit that makes America worth defending.  Accepting this award is my great privilege.”

The ceremony will take place at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California.  “This event is really about recognizing those who are actively serving, who are still doing the hard work,” Moore states.  “Accepting such a great award at a National Guard Armory means more to me than accepting the same award at the White House.”  General Moore will serve as the distinguished speaker and, as part of the day’s festivities, he will join Operation Gratitude volunteers as they assemble care packages that will be shipped to 70,000 troops deployed in combat zones during the holidays.  

As a very special gift to be included in every Holiday Care Package, General Moore, through the generosity of Wild Goose Ministries in Vail, Co., has donated 70,000 copies of his most recent inner story, “A General’s Spiritual Journey.”  This beautiful work represents Hal Moore’s faith-filled journey from childhood to the battlefield and into his golden years, as told to, and memorialized by, his friend and “Driver.”

WHAT: Presentation of the First Annual National Freedom Award to Lt. General Hal Moore

WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 12 Noon.  Press are asked to arrive no later than 11:30 a.m.

Lunch will be served immediately following the ceremony; Book-signing to follow. Press are invited to stay for lunch and the book-signing.

WHERE: California Army National Guard Armory
17330 Victory Boulevard
                  Van Nuys, CA 91406

                  Corner of Victory and Louise

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