In 2019, at the age of 97, World War II veteran John "Lucky" Luckadoo announced his vision of having the date of May 9 designated annually as Home Front Heroes Day.
Lucky, who was a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and is the last living original pilot of the World War II Eighth Air Force 100th Bomb Group, has never forgotten how much the support of civilians back home meant during his service.
"We have Memorial Day. We have Veterans Day. We have Fourth of July. But we don't have any day devoted to recognizing and thanking those millions of people who made it possible for us to prevail. There is no day for acknowledging the people on the home front who do their duty, too, and I hope to change that."
John "Lucky" Luckadoo
Major, USAF (Ret.) 100th Bomb Group (H)
Home Front Heroes Day is celebrated each year on May 9 to acknowledge and honor the contributions of Home Front Heroes past and present for their support, work, and sacrifices at home during the service of their family members, loved ones, and fellow countrymen and countrywomen in the military.
Join the growing list of cities and states with Home Front Heroes Day observances planned for May 9.
Following are some ways to get involved:
Plan and promote a Home Front Heroes Day event on May 9 sponsored by your organization, business, or neighborhood.
Engage contacts who hold elected positions in your city in your plans for Home Front Heroes Day.
Enlist friends who are influencers, news personalities, public figures, or community leaders as spokespersons or ambassadors for your Home Front Heroes Day activities.
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