As the Director of Strategic Operations for Operation Gratitude, John is responsible for developing programs to meet emerging needs in the Military community. He recently ended his active duty service as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps after two deployments with the “Thundering Third”– 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. John launched the Operation Gratitude Veterans Care Package Program in September 2012.
On November 10 every year, the Marine Corps celebrates the Marine Corps Birthday. One unique tradition in the birthday celebration is the cutting of the birthday cake. The first piece of cut cake goes to the Guest of Honor. The second piece is presented to the oldest Marine in the ceremony, signifying the honor and respect accorded to experience and seniority. Theeldest Marine then presents the piece of cake to the youngest Marine present. The gesture symbolizes years of experienced Marines nurturing and leading young Marines. Just like every other branch of the American military, the Marines take great pride in their heritage and the veterans that lived through it.
I have always found this symbolic gesture special. I am well aware of the veterans who have paved a path for me. That path has given me the exceptional honor to have served…
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