Noting "their remarkable commitment to improving the lives of our troops and their families each day," Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist presented the Spirit of Hope Award to six people at a ceremony in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.
The Spirit of Hope Awards are named in honor of entertainer Bob Hope. His greatest legacy was his work with the troops from World War II through Operation Desert Shield, Norquist said.
"He epitomized support for the troops as he dedicated his time and talents to entertaining weary warriors at bases throughout the world, lifting their spirits as they were fighting to defend our freedom," the deputy secretary said at the Sept. 27 ceremony. "Perhaps no one in history is more responsible for raising troop morale and reminding American men and women in harm's way how much support they have back home."