Our Mission :

* To use every resource available to welcome home our Honorably Discharged Veterans from every branch of our military.

* Rekindle the Patriotism our community and country should be showing our returning military. Honoring and welcoming the men and women who have been willing to risk their lives to secure our freedom in this Great Country, The United States of America.

*  To provide local and vital resources to assist our returning Veterans in the transition from the military life to a civilian life.

Mission: American Gratitude...... Is about having the largest and memorable welcoming home celebration for our returning Veterans.  If you have not been able to attend one of our Veterans returns I urge you to come and experience something you will never forget. You will leave the celebration knowing what true patriotism is all about.  Additionally, you will be able to personally thank the Veteran who served our country for your freedom.

This mission that my wife and I have taken on is no small task. We know that we can not do this without everyones help and involvement. With the help of our whole community I have no doubt that this can be one of the best ways to welcome and help our Heroes returning home.

I am asking that if you know of any Honorably Discharged Veteran that is returning to the Riverbend Area, please call me, and we will work our hardest to make their welcome home something to remember. Additionally, If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, have digital pictures of welcoming home a Veteran, our would like to leave comments / suggestions, please contact us at the e-mail below.

Thank you so much for your patriotism and support. We look forward to welcoming another Hero home and may God continue to bless our military and The United States of America!

Rodney & Gretchen CookSincerely,

Mission: American Gratitude

Cell# (618) 917-6234


Our Reason

"The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us."
-Vice President,  Hubert Humphrey

 The reason we do what we do....For our Military.

Jordan Cook

Marines 1st Plt. 2nd sqd. 1/7 Baker Co.

Our Son, Marine L.Cpl. Jordan Cook and the 1/7 Baker Company returning home safe from a 7 month tour from Afghanistan.

May God continue to bless our military and the USA.

Operation: Let is Wave501 C3 non- profit Organization 

Thanks to our Sponsors 

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Discounts for Veterans & First Responders



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