For the last 15 years Luther Memorial Church has sent care packages to military servicemen and women overseas. This year they received a "thank you" they weren't expecting.

After sending care packages to the 910th Airwing unit stationed in Quatar, the military group sent back a United States Flag that was flown during a combat mission in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. They also sent back a certificate of authenticity with photos of them receiving the care packages. Millcreek American Legion Post 773 helped finance sending the care packages. They and members of Luther Memorial were both overwhelmed by the unit's response.

"When that flag came to us with the certificate, all I asked for a was a simple little thank you when they got back to the states. This arrived and it was just unbelievable," Janice MacInnes said.


She's the a member of the assistant care ministry at the church. Her son, and veteran, Sean MacInnes helped come up with the idea to send the packages.

"Luther Memorial requested a donation to help send packages to the troops overseas and I feel as though that's a worthwhile endeavor, they're my brothers." Robert McCarthy, the Commander of Post 773, said.

The flag was flown on board a U.S. Air Force C-130H Aircraft.