Send a Message to a WWII Veteran!   

While the coronavirus crisis is upending our day-to-day lives, it disproportionately affects the elderly. Members of the Greatest Generation and World War II veterans, many of whom are already isolated, are now cut off from friends and family in a necessary abundance of caution.

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial is calling on everyone to Remember our “Greatest Generation” during this challenging time for our nation, and the world.

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I want to thank and commend you all for the sacrifices, bravery and caretaking you have done for each other and this whole country. The honor you have shown is inspiring and contagious.
From: Chris
Thank you for fighting in WW2. I salute your bravery. My family and I shall be forever grateful to your contributions to make a better world.
From: Anders
I come from a family of war veterans , but i never met any of them as i am only 16 years old and most of them died before i was born. I seek to have an interview with one and would higly appreciate it if someone could help.God bless our veterans.
From: Anastasios Pantazopoulos
Hi! My name is Henry. I am 12 years old and really interested in WWII. Thank you so much for your wonderful service to this country. I love hearing stories and I collect WWII Veterans autographs. I was wondering, if any veteran is reading this, if I could please have your autograph? I would also love to hear more about you. Here is my email: hgschoepke@madison.k12.wi.us I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for all you have done for this country, and god bless you. Sincerely, Henry
From: Henry
Hello sir iam a 15 year old ww2 collector iam very interested into ww2, I would like to hear stories and maybe see a picture of you back then I would love to hear the stories and talk to you Greetings Seppe
From: Seppe
Thank you so much for your service! I am forever grateful.
From: Henry Schoepke
Thank you so much for your service. My generation live in peace and happiness because of your sacrifice and bravery. I am so grateful.
From: Kristen
WWII veterans when you were young you saved our country
From: Lisa
Thank you so much for serving and protecting our country. Without you we would not be where we are today. You are a brave soldier!!! Take care and God bless
From: Sheila
I had the honor of being present at the D-Day celebration last year in Normandy. The best part of my trip was meeting so many veterans and getting to speak to you and thanking you for your courage and hearing your stories. The United States cannot thank you enough for all the sacrifices that you and your families did for our country. I will be forever grateful to all who served.
From: Theresa Smith-Ennis
Thank you all so much for your sacrifice, we will not let it be in vain.
From: Stef
Thank you so much for serving for our country. Thank you for risking your lives for me and for millions of Americans. 🇺🇸
From: Gabrielle Lee
Thank you does not seem like enough to describe the extent of my gratitude. You sacrificed everything to protect our country and risked your life everything by being on those front lines. You have mine (and hopefully everyone else’s) utmost respect. I am incredibly thankful you are standing here today to now serve as an inspiration to thousands of Americans. Thank you for being my hero ❤️
From: Selena
Thank you to all the veterans for their bravery and courage there are things that still haunt your mind that some will never understand your sacrifices are admired mahalo nui loa.
From: Ashly Franklin
You amazing people will never be forgotten. Thank you for the service and sacrifice. With deep respect and admiration, I wish you safety and good health during these tough times. God bless!
From: Teani
Thank you for your service. You inspire and humble me with your courage.
From: Rachelle
Without your American values during WW2, this country would have changed faster than imagined: countries would have different names than we know today and righting a wrong would have never been the goal. I appreciate this country's young men who volunteered with their conscience to right wrongs caused by the enemy's combativeness. My parent was a navigator who served not in land combat but with the same spirit and duty in protecting US families and righting a wrong. My parent was born on December 7th.
From: Thompson
God bless and thank you always for your service. ❤️
From: Kimberley
Thank you so much for your bravery, courage, and sacrifices. We are all very grateful and fortunate for your service. I am turning 18 tomorrow and ever since I was a child I’ve had nothing but respect for what you’ve done. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are truly the greatest generation, God Bless ❤️ -Eric
From: Eric Watson
My Father served in the Philippines and was one of the men to take the last stand at Battery Way on Corregidor before Lt General Wainwright surrendered to the Japanese. To all the men and women who fault and survived and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, Thank You!! Without your will to survive and support your fellow soldiers, I would not be here to thank you! May God bless each and everyone of you.
From: R BELFLOWER
My grandfather served aboard the USS Oconto. I recently came across some ship newsletters and I had never seen that before. It was amazing to read what life was like on the ship - to more fully understand the sacrifices you all made to secure our future. Thank you and God Bless You!
From: Christina T.
I have a veteran and a special troop who seve the ww1 and i do also would like to thank all ww1 veterans and the soldiers who have serve along with my people they are honored and loved victory and peace when the war was over safe home pray for the fallen remember our brothers
From: Viviana Pham
I am honored to simply say "Thank You" to someone from "the Greatest Generation". God Bless and Keep You!
From: Michael Trachtenberg, Chaplain, Ret. V A M C, Northport, N Y
Even though I don’t know you personally, I’m thinking and praying for you. I’m the daughter of Staff Srgt. Charles R. French. He served in the Army 317th Infantry Regiment with Patton’s 3rd Army. My dad landed at Utah Beach almost two months after D-Day, first week of August, 1944. God bless and thank you for your service and sacrifice.
From: Natalie French
Thank you all for your sacrifice, and your bravery. I will never forget you, you saved the world. I will always be amazed at what you all have done. Thank you, and l love you, may God bless you, and keep you safe.
From: Jim
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your service. As a teenager, you inspire me with your selflessness and sacrifice for freedom to help our country. Your brave actions will never be forgotten.
From: Rosa Greenwood
Thank you for your service to our country!!! You are appreciated more than you know. My grandfather served in WWII, and it is by far the "greatest generation," in my opinion. May future generations endeavor to guard well what you fought for, as it was not in vain. May we never forget the sacrifice made and the reasons you all took a stand for the collective good. God bless and keep you all.
From: Melissa S.
My father served in the 3rd battalion, 24th regiment of the 4th Marines at Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Thank you for your service to our country. I hope upon your return when the war was over, you had good years. You certainly deserve them.
From: Nina Bailey
On this important National holiday, I am sending my prayers of gratitude to all of you who selflessly served in our military during WWII. I live near the WW II Memorial in Washington DC and today I will be riding my bike there to spend some time honoring all your commrades who gave their lives for the many many freedoms we have throughout the world today!
From: Eve M
Love you dad. Thanks for everything you have done for our country and supporting the Bartlett family with all your love and compassion
From: Robert Joseph Bartlett
I am so appreciative of our WWII veterans. My father fought on the front lines in Europe for 3 years and was forever a changed man. This history must forever be remembered.
From: Jeneane Sorensen
God Bless you all for without you, I would be living in a different world! My Dad fought in WWII along with my uncle. Your bravery and patriotism led the US to victory!! I salute you all!!!
From: Barry B.
Thank you! How many times fid I hear my parents recall with emotion the sight of the American GIs liberating France from the German invaders. God bless
From: Jean Chiotti
Thank you! How many times fid I hear my parents recall with emotion the sight of the American GIs liberating France from the Getman invaders. God bless
From: Jean Chiotti
I hope that this note finds you well, and proud of your service to our great country. I for one am grateful for all you and your generation sacrificed for us. My grandfather fought with you, but I never really knew him or his stories. My grandmother was a WAC, and I heard a bit from her, but I think everyone just wanted to move on from that time. Now that we are in this COVID time, you may be sheltering in place alone and may be feeling isolated. I urge you to keep busy - use technology to keep informed and entertained and to keep in touch with loved ones - and this too shall pass. Warm regards and thank you for your service. - Margie
From: Margie Eulner Ott
Thanks for your courage. We will never forget you and hope you know Jesus as your personal Savior. John 3:16 please read.
From: Carolyn Sharer
Thank you so much for what you did for our country and our way of life. My father was in the 8th Armay Air Corp in Rattlesden, England. He never spoke much about his time in the war but I know he did his best. God Bless you and Stay Safe!
From: Craig Thorns
I hope you all are staying safe. As I reflect on this 75th anniversary of VE-Day, I can’t help but think of my family members who served in WWII, and who have, unfortunately, passed away since then. Time is running out to say thank you for everything you all have done for us, yet thank you doesn’t seem quite enough. The sacrifices you and others have made can never be fully expressed with those two words. Nonetheless, on behalf of a grateful nation, regardless of generation, we thank you and we love you all for everything you’ve done for us!
From: Jarrod
Sorry to say you veterans fought on the wrong side and were duped. As General Patton said we should of fought WITH the Germans against the Soviets. So many died in vain for a war that was supporting the Rothchild banking system.
From: Jim
"We have failed in the liberation of Europe; we have lost the war!" - U.S. General George Patton to U.S. Secretary of War Robert Patterson, May 7 1945
From: Name
I took care of my grandfather (in-law) Frank X. Boehly for 9 yrs. WW2 vet, Marine till the day he died a year ago. That’s probably not true; I bet he’s still wearing that uniform in heaven. Even though I had my military family members growing up, it wasn’t until spending all my time with Grandpa Frank did I really learn to appreciate the sacrifices our vets, especially WW2 vets, made and continue to make for our freedom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you.
From: Serina McEntire
As an Army Veteran with 47 years of Service to our Country; I stand at attention and salute each and everyone of our living WWII Veterans and to those who gave their all; including my Dad, Paul E. Bridges, PFC, U.S. Army who gave his all in WWII who was KIA near Riepertsweiller, France. I gave my 47 years in honor of his memory as I had just turned two and my Brother has just turned three when he was officially listed as KIA. As we say in the Army; HOOAH, I can't make it any clearer than this. God Bless you my Brothers and Sisters in Arms who set the bar for me an others to follow and achieve.
From: Ralph L. Bridges-Ford
I hope you are doing well, keep busy, and enjoying a good laugh from time to time. We certainly appreciate all of the sacrifices you made for your families and your country.
From: Christine McCoy
My mother, Marion Hartman (maiden name Gemmill) was a Navy nurse during WWII and one of the first nurses to work at the VA hospital in Lebanon, PA. Mother of four, she turns 97 today. Happy Birthday, Mom!
From: Kay Tucker
My father, Richard Montz (deceased 1977)from Barberton, Ohio, and Uncle Joseph Spaniol from Cleveland, Ohio, both served in WWII at the same time. My father received a medal of valor for his bravery in a mission in Germany. My uncle received a bronze star in Germany. I am very proud of both of them.
From: Peggy Montz Carr
My Dad was a B-24 co-pilot in WWII. He flew from Rackheath, UK into Germany. He passed away in 2007, but all of his children are so proud of his service to our country. We salute all of you, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. May God Bless you All.
From: J.K. Hudlow
My dad fought in WW2 & Korea. He never boasted or bragged about it. We owe him, & others like him... A great big Thank you!! Our freedom means everything to America. We wouldn’t have it without you! You will never be forgotten.
From: Rita
we owe a great thanks to a generation with profound impact on their families this nation and the world
From: Glenn
Remember this will all be over soon. We appreciate all that you have done in the past for our better future. We care for you and pray for your safety and health. Thank you for being brave and for saving our beautiful country.
From: Pilar
I spent awhile trying to think of something heartfelt or profound. But I can't. So I'll just say thank you. The life you lived has absolutely shaped mine, and I will be forever grateful for everything I've had the right to enjoy thanks to the sacrifices of the greatest generation.
From: Dan Robbins
There aren't enough words to tell you how grateful I am for all you have done for this country. What you went through, the sacrifices you have made, and your enduring patriotism are appreciated. Thank you and may God bless you.
From: Susan Richards
Thank you for the overwhelming contributions you've made to this country and the generations that followed. Every story I read or documentary I watch about WWII, I'm taken back by the incredible courage your generation held. We've lost so many of you now and when the last one is gone, we'll be lost for without the example and standards you've set as a human being we'll just be wondering in the dark. No generation since has been so grand and so brave. We owe you everything. Thank you for your service. <3
From: Brenda Aranda
To our valued veterans! We love you! I repeat, we love you. Not just for the war you fought, but also for the great country you created, not seeking personal reward - but seeking a better future. Thank you.
From: Daniel Canales
Bravery is a word often thrown about without true thought to its meaning. Our frontline workers aiding the ill are demonstrating unquestionable bravery today, much like you and so many others did decades ago. You willingly risked your lives to save and protect the many, and your bravery saved the world from a terror unlike any we could have imagined. I am in awe when I reflect on the sacrifice that you and your brothers made to protect my freedoms. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
From: Carole Callaghan
Veteran friend, I am thinking of you and praying for your health and safety! My father served in WWII and I wish I could ask him more about his service. I would love to hear your story! Tell you neighbors and friends! We need to know about your service, patriotism and bravery! You are not alone, I am praying for you! Dana
From: Dana Hudson
We’d all be speaking German or Japanese if it wasn’t for your brave sacrifice. I treasure the lives you’ve lived and appreciate your service. I feel sickened by politicians who say we should sacrifice our most cherished generation to get the economy moving. To those politicians I say “I stay at home” as a minimal sacrifice to protect those who sacrificed so much. Thank you! Sincerely, J. Patrick Cronin
From: Patrick Cronin
We’d all be speaking German or Japanese if it wasn’t for your brave sacrifice. I treasure the lives you’ve lived and appreciate your service. I feel sickened by politicians who say we should sacrifice our most cherished generation to get the economy moving. To those politicians I say “I stay at home” as a minimal sacrifice to protect those who sacrificed so much. Thank you! Sincerely, J. Patrick Cronin
From: Patrick Cronin
I wouldn't be in this world without you. I owe my life to you. You have liberated my father from a concentration camp days or may be hours before their planned execution. He lived a full life till the age of 105 with children, grand children and grand-grand children. Our family would never exist without some of you sacrificing their own life. Thanks is not enough to express my deepest gratitude to you.
From: Les Steinberger
To whom this may concern, I would like to ask if you could kindly expressed to any WWII Veterans my gratitude for their service and to the Veterans who were in the Philippines. I've only met two and have made effort to give thanks in the hopes they felt how truthful I am. You see, my family suffered during the war. There were atrocities that were done that I'd rather not speak of (oral family history) and my great uncle fought and died side by side with the USA. Thankful that the USA didn't abandon the Philippines. There's a possibility that my mom wouldn't have been born. Though others will dismiss this as personal agenda for the USA masked as kindness, in my eyes, it's keeping a promise and taking action to prevent injustice. So, if you could please let the WWII Vets and their families, at any of your gatherings, how thankful I am for them. Thank you.
From: SGM Ret C PascualJackson
As a teacher in middle school, and as a veteran, I take pride in letting this generation know about the “Greatest Generation”’. Explaining the hardships and sacrifices there, and here at home....Everyone was involved in the fight!!! Thank You for serving this great country..!!
From: Garland Riner
As you know from your noble service to our country, the United States is strong, resilient and proud because of people like you, and we will emerge from this unprecedented crisis and continue to prosper. Thank you for making America the great country that it is, and my best wishes to you, your family, friends, and comrades in arms for health and wellness in these trying times.
From: Jay Joyer
America is the strongest nation in the world largely due to your sacrifices, courage, and willingness to take a stand when your nation called. We are eternally grateful to you all! SALUTE!!
From: CSM Steve Greer, US Army
I often run by the WWII Memorial in DC and pause in front of the wall of honor ("here we mark the price of freedom") to pay my respects to the Greatest Generation. Your sacrifices and the honor and decency with which you served were my inspiration to enlist in the Army in July 2001. I fulfilled a lifelong dream in April 2018 to see the beaches of Normandy, France. No location highlights how truly incredible our WWII warriors were/are. Every person that believes in democracy and the sacrifices necessary to preserve it should go and see what our SMs did there on 06-Jun 1944. Incredible bravery and courage. Without you, none of our lives with unlimited hopes and dreams would have been possible--thank you from a fellow Veteran!
From: Debjeet Sarkar, MD, MAJ, US Army 1st Cav and 82nd ABN 2001-2010, OIF/OEF Veteran
To my fellow WWII comrades. Think back! We made it through a hell of a lot worse. This Corona 'stuff' is just another 'hill to take' like all the others!
From: Col William E. Weber USA-Ret
A salute to my father George D Wagner who survived a Kamikaze hit and being rammed by a Japanese sub on DDD555. You are my hero. Now you are surviving quarantine for COVID 19 in a nursing home. So blessed and proud to have a hero as a father.
From: Barb Holzkamp
Thank you for serving our country and giving me opportunities I may not have had without your sacrifice. Praying for you during this strange and difficult time.
From: Scott Seagraves
Thank you for your dedication, courage, and service. Our hearts are with you! We will always remember and never forget.
From: Alicia from VA
I salute you brothers! Dad served WW ll St. Lo, Battle of The Bulge 30th Division 117th Infantry Regiment and Korea War 1950- 52 was at the Inchon Landing, Seoul and Chosin 7th Infantry Division 31st and 32nd Regimental Combat Teams.
From: Don Hunigan
I can't begin to thank you and the Greatest Generation for the example you showed with your courage and fortitude. My father, now deceased, fought as an infantryman with Patton's 3rd Army across Europe during WWII. Be strong once more and we will come through this terrible, trying time.
From: Phillip T. Heagy
My mother served as an Army nurse. She and the members of your generation have shown by your example the fortitude that we all need in this trying time. What you undertook on our behalf and what you endured demonstrate why you are the greatest generation.
From: Fran Fulton
Thank You all for your service. My father was a WWII veteran and passed away in 2012. You were an inspiration to an entire generation and for those of you still with us a Thank You hardly seems enough, but is all I have to offer!
From: David Armagost
Thank you so very much for your service and dedication to this wonderful country. I have the utmost respect for the military and have a soft spot for WW2 veterans. You were raised during the Depression and all the hardship that entailed - and then you left your home and family to go overseas and serve - coming back to build up America, build the businesses, and the country we know and love. Your contributions will never be forgotten, nor will the contributions of the hundreds of thousands that didn't return. Bless all of you. Be safe.
From: Kimber Cole
As a WW2 veteran Grandson. I Thank you for your services and our freedom. I wish you and everyone of you all the best. Best regards from Normandy France. Leullier Patrick. (A ww2 veteran Grandson of the 302 Transport wing 9Th AAF.)
From: Leullier Patrick
Thank you for your service. My Dad was a proud World War II Veteran. He's now in Heaven, but I'm sure that he's still proudly wearing his "WW II" baseball cap. Take special care during this difficult time.
From: Cinde
To all our men and women (The Greatest Generation) who served during WWII...we thank you so very much and are so proud to be an American. My dad served in the 3rd Army under the great General George Patton. My dad never spoke much about his war days which I'm sorry to say. But he lived to raise 8 children and see his grandchildren. So in honor of my dad, I thank you all. May God Bless you all !
From: Janet Steidle
Thank you for your service. I was born in 1942, so I am one of the lucky ones who did not need to serve, but I am extremely grateful to all of you who did serve. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
From: Linda Sprankle
Your selflessness and dedication serve as models for us all in these challenging times. You have taught us to be humble, to act boldly, and to learn from the past. For as long as we face adversity and celebrate triumphs in this country, your service and your sacrifice will remain relevant to us. Thank you for all you have done, and for all the ways your courage will continue to benefit generations and generations to come.
From: Betsy
We are so blessed by each of you. May you stay safe and well during this time. As we all are going through this challenging time, you set an example of resilience. Thank you, dear veterans of World War II.
From: Christina Chavarria
Dearest dearest Veteran, Please know every person in this country has You to thank for waking up in a free country filled with endless possibilites. You were and akways will be the Greatest Generation ever! Thank you.
From: Brenda Helton
Hello WWII Veterans! I am thinking about you and praying for you during these difficult times, hoping you are able to use technology to feel close to family and friends even if they cannot visit. This is a good opportunity for us all to reflect on you heroes of WWII and to educate ourselves and the younger generations about how you rose to the challenge to defend our great country. Since most schools are not in session, I am encouraging all parents I know to spend at least one homeschooling lesson on the heroes of WWII. Your stories are sure to inspire!
From: Michelle B.
I have a special heart for veterans of WWII. When war broke out in 1941 my uncle along with many of you joined the cause. You were all so brave; to leave your homes and families, to take up arms, some of you for the first time and to go fight against people you didn't even know. You traveled long and hard, some of you were hurt, and some gave the ultimate sacrifice, but all of you endured hardship, heartache, frustration, deprivation and more for the sake of liberty. You fought for the right for others to not be enslaved, persecuted or die in genocides. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and I am so grateful. As long as I live I will tell others of what you have done for all of us. Thank you seems so inadequate but I'm glad I have the freedom to say it! God Bless You!
From: Esther Zellner
I am thinking of what a tremendous gift you gave us by fighting against powerful forces that were causing tremendous harm in the world. And now, we are experiencing another world-wide disaster caused by the novel corona virus. The isolation that is needed right now is challenging for all of us, but I can imagine it may be particularly difficult for you. My own father served in the Army during WWII and I know how lonely he was as he aged. I was able to keep in close touch with him and visit him almost weekly, which is fortunate for both of us. I hope you have someone to connect with you. Despite the challenges of this time, I have seen people really rise to the occasion in terms of helping each other by a variety of creative and generous means. From neighbors doing grocery shopping for at-risk folks, to distilleries making hand sanitizer and giving it away for free, to entertainers doing on line concerts that people can watch and listen to on their computers, and so much more...! It is inspiring to see people connecting in this way. May you be well cared for and about! Regards, Cecilia T.
From: Cecilia Trudeau
Dear Veteran, You are a cherished part of American history, your service in WWII will always be honored in the history of our country. I was a teenager during the war, my brother enlisted in the Navy at 17--went in a boy, came out at 19 already a man. I remember the war well, the bad news at first from the Pacific then the victories at sea and then on the islands. The same from Europe, bad at first, improving gradually and then faster. I remember VE-Day and VJ-Day--happy, bittersweet times. I wish you well now in a different kind of dangerous times. Take good care of yourself and pass my good wishes and gratitude along to your fellow vets.
From: Cyrene Aksman
What to thank our greatest generation for their courage and faith. Would also ask for your prayers for a weaker and spoiled generation so that we may be courageous and have faith in our Saviour. May God bless and keep you. My sincerest thanks.
From: Thomas Pfister
Dear Veteran. I am praying for you. I hope you have safe access to family, friends, or others in the community during this unsettling and frightening time. My Father was at Normandy and my Mother was a Rosie. I am very proud of their service and grateful for your service and the service of all Veterans and those serving now. Take care. Stay safe. Better days are ahead. Sincerely, Irene
From: Irene Felicetti
We wouldn’t be the nation we are without all the savvy and smart and dedicated people who rose to help all of us, unborn in the 1940s, see a bright and amazing future. We owe or prosperity to you! My daddy served in the civilian corps in WWII, helping to build and manage commissaries near San Diego. He was very proud of his service. He was considered too old to enlist so he joined civilian service.
From: Annie Hannan
Dear Veteran, I hope you are well. I hope you have friends or family nearby or that you can phone. Thank you for fighting to help our country. My father was in Midway, fortunately after the big battle there, but he never saw action. Still it was a hard time for him, being away from the woman (my mother) he had just married, for a year. He spent his time looking for cowry shells which he later made into a necklace and earrings for my mother, and which I have inherited. And he played a lot of poker. Best, Susan Walton
From: susan pratt walton
My wife and I now live in Northern Virginia. We are British. In WW2, I was living in Cowes, I was living in the Isle of Wight, on the south coast of England. My future wife, then six years old, lived about for miles away. We were being bombed. Several bombs, high explosive and incendiary, landed within a single block of our home. Rows of houses were destroyed, in the street where I was born. We were evacuated to the edge of the town, to protect us, from being too close to the shipyard and to permit bomb repairs to our home. At age 7, as a cub scout, I was serving, in uniform, with American troops. As national service, I was serving food, clearing tables and washing dishes, for American service personnel, who were on the English south coast, preparing for the D-day invasions. Our town was providing R and R at local church halls. At home, we were eating American food - including scrambled egg, spam, chocolate and many other things. Our troops, decimated at Dunkirk, were being re-supplied with American arms and ammunition. My father - a shipyard worker, by day, was operating an air defence gun at night, with the Home Guard. At the Normandy invasion, American, British and other troops were part of the invasion force, all working and fighting under General Eisenhower. Thank you America, for all of your wonderful support to us and to others, in helping to save our lives, to defend our country and to win the war! Then, to help us to recover. Thank you, most gratefully, from survivors.
From: David C. Jones and Gabrielle C. Jones
I love you, Dad!
From: Jack Goldstein
Whenever we face a national crisis or challenge and I hear people moan or complain about the situation l like to remind them what our greatest generation did. You left home at such young ages, to face an enemy committed to destroying you and your countries way of life. You left not knowing how long you would be gone and if you would come back. You faced unspeakable horrors, challenges and moments. You didn’t have FaceTime, Texting or cell phones. You had mail call, when it was possible. You did it so future generations could enjoy the freedoms you did. Any challenges we face today pale into comparison of what you did. I wish you well and continued good heath so you see us win another battle and what the next crisis they claim is. Having won the biggest challenge I hope you stand proud
From: Dan
God bless you, dearest Veteran, backbone of our nation and our world's peace and prosperity! We thank you for your sacrifices both at the time of WWII and throughout your life, helping to build our nation back after the war and throughout the past many decades. Whether you are surrounded now by friends and family, or spending time alone due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has us all isolated, believe us when we say you are in our prayers and you are NOT alone, ever! We in the Washington, DC area look forward to honoring you if you return for the Honor Flights this summer and fall or even if you just need to tell your stories to a new set of friends and strangers--whether those are about your service or other things in life. We send our love and blessings to you at this time, and your strength is what reminds us we can make it through any crisis this world throws our way!
From: Lt. Colonel Jeff and Jenny Juhnke, retired AF family
Dear American hero. You fought and won WWII and God bless you for doing so. We will always remember and never forget what you did for America by ensuring our freedom. We now face another enemy, unseen yet very deadly. We must follow your example of sacrifice and team work as we battle the virus. Thanks for showing us how to do it-we will not let you down.
From: Dave Shiple
We will be drawing from your examples of service and strength as we face this new enemy. There is much I have enjoyed thanks to your sacrifice. Please know I do not take it for granted. Thank you and may God bless you!
From: Bernardine
The Greatest Generation is a blessing that extends far beyond family or community. You are a national treasure. At this extraordinary time, please be sure to care for yourselves. You have done your part for our nation. Let us do for you now. I value each of you, for your patriotism, your service, and your love of country.
From: Stephen Tuel
Thank you abundantly for all of the sacrifices you made to protect our country and the world at large from certain tyranny. Know that we’re thinking of you during this time of need. Together we will overcome our current obstacles. Stay home, stay safe and once again thank you for your service. 🇺🇸❤️
From: Kimberley Hill
Thank you for answering the call when our country needed you. The peril that you helped defeat would have destroyed our way of life and those of us who benefit every day cannot thank you enough.
From: Charles Thomas Long
To all our WW11 veterans, you are and always will be my heroes. Your sacrifices saved our country from tyranny. My own husband fought in the Pacific during WW11 and he was my hero. His love of our country made me love him even more. To all of you and your families, you are remembered in my prayers every single day. Thank you
From: Diane Colella
When he was alive, I was friends with Dr, Haydn Williams, who was instrumental in building the World War II Memorial. As I live in the Washington area, I pass by the WW II Memorial regularly and think of Dr. Williams, but I also think of all of you and your compatriots (including my father) who are no longer alive that gave so selflessly to ensure America’s liberty and freedom. Take care, stay safe, and God bless you during this challenging time. Sincerely, John Brandon.
From: John Brandon
Your efforts will never be forgotten and have been an inspiration for those like me in my generation who have had the honor to wear the uniform of the US Air Force and Army. You showed us the way and we are honored to have followed you.
From: Laurence Zimmerman
My dad was named Vernon Bohlman. He served in the Pacific with the Army Air Force and spent time in Hawaii, Makin Island and Iwo Jima. He passed away in 2013 and I miss him. To all of you who served take care of yourselves. We will get through this together. God bless. You are loved. #GreatestGeneration
From: Ellen Wolf
Hope you and yours are well. My father was 7th Army Signal.One uncle 3rd Army Engineers,another Navy Armed Guard. They were always an inspiration to me because of their humility. Please stay well and thank you for everything. Joe
From: Joseph Capo.
Thank you, each and every one of you. Thank you for giving us our freedom. It's wonderful that you made it back after those horrible days. Blessings.
From: Barb George
You guys fought and saved the World and now it is our turn to give back. Hang Tough and let's use your strong will and determination to beat this virus pandemic. You are all such an inspiration.
From: John Cork
Thank you to all the veterans for your service and hopefully we can all get through this difficult time.
From: Jacob Lebby
As the great to nephew of two veterans who helped liberate Europe from fascism, I’ve always admired—even worshiped—the great men and women who delivered the world from evil. Thank you, all, for all that you have done.
From: Ronald Atkinson
Thank you to all the men and women of our Greatest Generation. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. My Dad, PFC John R. Lewis served in World War II in the U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India Theater. I salute all of you! Respectfully, Joy Lewis Asuncion, U.S. Navy Retired Senior Chief and Board Member for Honor Flight Maine.
From: Joy Asuncion
Your heroism serving in WWII to protect our freedom will never be forgotten. I thank God for your sacrifice and willingness to share your experience with such humility.
From: Cynthia Held
Thank you so much for your service to our country. My grandfather was a WW2 Veteran who served in the Pacific. You helped to save the world and are my hero. God Bless You.
From: Fred Cooper
To all of our WWII Veterans, Thank you for all that you did to keep our country safe! I hope you and your family are safe during this time of isolation. Your grandchildren still need an education. Please share with them your stories of your youth. It will help them put today’s issues in perspective. Stay safe and know that your country cares
From: Michele Anderson
It's difficult to say the words that could let you know what you personally have meant to my life...but I know what you did matters. I am grateful to God for what you did for this amazing country that we'e privileged to be associated with and to serve.
From: Lynnette K.
Thank you for defending our freedom! I value my freedom each day and I'm forever grateful for all you contributed to our country and our world. You ARE the greatest generation. God Bless You!
From: Donna D.
We were raised by a WWII veteran. Seven children: one - 28 years on active duty in the Army; one 35 years as a teacher; one 10+ years as a teacher; one works for the city; 4 year hitch in the Navy; one 15 years one active duty. A family of service.
From: Dan
Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice. I am inspired by each of you and hope to live my life with a fraction of the integrity you have. Stay safe!
From: Ethan D
I'm a WWII veteran, having served on the USS Earl V Johnson, DE 702, which was involved in anti submarine warfare (ASW) from 1943 to the end, in which we engaged the enemy in the Mediterranean, mid Atlantis and South Pacific, ending up supporting the invasion of Okinawa and the landing on South Korea.
From: Samuel Kravis
Thanks for your service!
From: Don
God bless and HOOAH from this son of a WWII Marine (CPL Earle W. Orr Jr, MAG 61, 1943-47).
From: Christian D. Orr, former Capt, USAF
Ladies and Gentlemen, May our Father Heaven Bless, Protect, and Guard you. May He Watch over you, and Keep you strong and healthy through this time and always. In Jesus Holy Name. Amen.
From: J Santiago
Praying you have folks in your life who are willing and able to love you through this time in our nation. Thank you for your sacrifice in fighting evil.
From: Scott Seagraves
You are not forgotten during this time when we are all sheltering in place. Thank you for your service to our country. You showed us what is possible. Thank you again.
From: Rosemary Campbell
Dear Veteran, Your strength during very trying times inspires us to be strong. Your focus as things got tough and stayed tough for a long time helps us to remain calm as we navigate this global pandemic. Thanks to you, we know we can prevail. Sincerely, Kathy Kopp
From: Kathy Kopp
Dear Veteran, Thank you for your service. When our country needs inspiration, we remember you and your colleagues, who set the example for all of us. Thank you for protecting our country and safeguarding the future which has become our present. God bless you!
From: Maggie