From 1964 to 1972, Hope included South Vietnam on his annual trips to visit troops during the holiday season, a tradition that started for him during World War II. “Back in 1941, at March Field, California…I still remember fondly that first soldier audience,” Hope once said. “I looked at them, they laughed at me, and it was love at first sight.”
For military families, the holidays may mean that one or more parent is away from home on duty or deployed. The Cape Cod Military Support Foundation’s Operation Santa Claus relieves some of the burden, and the Cape Symphony is proud to be a part of that effort.