The year was 1952, when islanders of Kapingamarangi waved to the aircrew aboard a B-29 Superfortress and inspired a new Christmas tradition.

The 66th Christmas Drop was recently conducted on December 11, 2017, where support from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force aircrews, came together to take part in this annual celebration, which doubles as a one of a kind airdrop training operation.

Over the years, more than 20,000 islanders have seen the positive results inspired by that long ago moment, when an aircrew was struck by the spirit of giving and the first Christmas Drop was performed with a single crate of supplies and a parachute.

Master Sgt. Sean Gray, 36th Contingency Response Group first sergeant and project manager for the Operation Christmas Drop push ceremony, summed it up really nicely to USAF Public Affairs: "A lot of people come together to support such an amazing venture with either their donations or their personal time to ensure that this event is a success. This is truly an amazing event that showcases the meaning of the holiday season."

For more information about Operation Christmas Drop, you can find the original article here.

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