A Thank You to Our Veterans

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a day we set aside to commemorate those who have died in the service of the military. It was first enacted to honor those in the Union Army who died in the American Civil War. After the first World War, it was expanded to include American casualties of any war or military action.

A Solder Soluting His Fallen Comrades - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Malven, Image #1690084

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Malven

I have never had the privilege of serving in the military. However, I am profoundly grateful for those who have.

In the U.S., I fear we have come to take our national security for granted. The tragic events of 9/11 were a wake-up call. The fact we have not had another terrorist attack on U.S. soil is a testimony to the brave men and women who work tirelessly to protect our freedoms both here and around the world.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank a few of my family members who have served in the military. Not all of these were injured or killed in the line of duty, but all served with honor and distinction:

  • My Dad, Robert T. Hyatt, who served as a Marine in the Korean War. He was critically injured when a piece of shrapnel hit him in the head and nearly killed him. He received the Purple Heart. Amazingly, He was just eighteen-years-old when it happened. (He enlisted when he was seventeen.)
  • My father-in-law, Col. Sidney C. Bruce (deceased), who had a distinguished career in the Air Force. He served in both the European and Pacific theaters and then went on to serve in the Pentagon as the Secretary to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • My brother-in-law, Col. Philip W. Bruce (deceased), who also had a distinguished career in the Air Force. He graduated from the Air Force Academy. He then served in Vietnam and eventually became a highly-honored instructor at the Test Pilot School.

There are scores of others, including many, many friends who have served in the military. I am eternally grateful for their service and want to take this opportunity to honor them on this special day.

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  • Richeycom

    I would like to thank my father, Lt. Leland R. Richey who gave his life for our country as a Naval Aviator during the Korean Conflict. While his remains have never been found I would also like to thank the POW-MIA movement for all they do in continuing to try to bring closure to the families of those who are still missing. Lastly, we were not the only ones who have lost a loved one. I thank all those brave men who sacrificed their all so that we may remain free to enjoy our lives. PLEASE, let us NEVER FORGET!

  • Neal

    Mike mentioned his dad about being wounded in Korea.  I am Mike’s cousin.  We also have two cousins who were CWO4 MARINES and both tankers as his dad, who were both in Korea.  We had one uncle who was in WWII.  My dad (Warren) had 24 years, WWII (lst Cav) in the Pacific, Philippines and occupation of Japan.  Then he changed over to the Air Force when created.  He got tired of toting a gun around. He retired from the Air Force, 31 May 1966 for a total of 24 years.  He is now deceased as well as our uncle Roger.  I did three tours in Nam and then involved with Grenada.  I am now retired from the service, 22 years.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your service in Viet Nam, Neal. Warm greetings from Tennessee.

  • Tammy K.

    I would like to honor my Father-in-law, who passed away a week and a half ago at the age of 89. He served in WWII in Berlin, where he met his bride and went back for her and married in 1947z He still remembered when President Eisenhower came in to the Army kitchen there on base in Germany, shook his hand and said, “you’re doing a fine job feeding our troops, keep up the good work.” Anytime we would try to get him to talk about the good ‘ol days, this proud memory would always come back for him with a smile. As taps played and the flag ceremony played at his funeral last Saturday, my husband and I cried, knowing he would have been happy knowing he was honored for his service he was so proud of doing. RIP Grandpa K.

  • http://www.chaplainmike.com/ Mike Hansen

    I only remember him as Sgt Wooden, one of my Basic Training Training Instructors at Lackland AFB when I was an Airman Basic. He was the one TI I felt closer to than any of others. He scared me the most on Night One walking off that bus with his booming voice. He was the one who look over leadership after our first TI left and encouraged us we could be a great Flight. And he was the last of them I said goodbye to as I stepped onto the bus on my way to tech training. He shaped my own expectations as a young man entering the military. 

    Thanks Sgt Wooden in believing in us raw recruits!

  • Tim

    As a Brit, thank you for all American military personnel’s dedication and sacrifices. Britain and America may occasionally indulge in banter and joke about one another, but there’s no one else I’d rather have as our closest ally.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Here, here. I agree!

  • Jimeeaster

    I would like to honor my cousin, Rusty , known to the army as Paul D. Skelton II, who died in Vietnam 45 years ago this memorial weekend. Rusty was only 21 and left a young wife expecting their first child who was born 4 months after her father died.

    Rusty, we all love and miss you….

    Thank you for your sacrifice beyond measure.


  • Magnellie

    THANK YOU to all the heroes who never came home. We owe our lives and way of life to all of you! We can never repay you.

  • Slowtraincoming

    I would like to thank the NEXT kid that signs up to serve. Inspite of the horrible stories we hear about everyday; inspite of the treatment the veterns receive when they come back; inspite of there being no real reason to enlist; they just keep going! Somebody’s son or daughter; somebody’s husband or wife; somebody’s mom or dad. Thank you, to whomever is next. May God protect you and keep you and your family safe and sound.

  • Robin K

    I want to thank my son, Daniel, who served in the Army in Iraq for 15 months and was wounded in his first month there with shrapnel in his leg.  He also earned a purple heart.  I am so very proud of him.

  • Becky Bacher

    I would like to thank my son, Sgt. Bryan Davis, who has seen two tours in Iraq and is currently stationed in Hawaii.  He has received the Bronze Star and numerous awards and commendations. 
    My father-in-law, Glenn L Bacher (deceased), US Navy in WWII.
    To my uncles, Bill Stockwell (deceased) and WF Mitchell (deceased) who served in Korea and WWII, respectively.
    And to my brother-in-law, Pete Davis, US Navy. 

  • Tammy_Skipper

    I would like to thank my husband, faithful Airmen of the United States Air Force for over 18 years.

  • http://www.michael-duncan.net/ Michael Duncan

    I had the privilege of serving in the U.S. Air Force and have known many men and women of valor and distinction.  There is one, in particular, however that I want to mention.  Captain James L. Duncan even now serves as a combat medic in the Army and has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  For me, he epitomizes the courage and fortitude that the military exhibits and I am proud to be his brother.

  • Scott Heiser

    I am very grateful for my families military service to this country:
    My father, Captain George W. Heiser, died on active duty in 1958 after serving in WWII Europe and North Africa and Korea.
    My Brothers: First Sergeant Gary G. Heiser, (Ret)(Deceased)(Army), served in Vietnam and the European Theater; Captain George W. Heiser II (Ret)(Army), served three tours in Vietnam; Sergeant First Class Thomas J. Heiser(Ret)(Army), served in Germany, Italy and Korea; I also served in the U.S. Army for 10 years.
    My Father-in-Law: Command Sergeant Major Albert T. Justice (Ret)(Deceased)(Army), served one tour in Vietnam and multiple tours in Germany.

    My family can to America in the early 1700s and has served in every war, including the War for Independence.

  • http://www.gayleveiteheimer.com/ Gayle Vetenheimer

    I would like to thank my son, Ben, who has chosen to serve his country and is currently at basic training for the Navy. He has been training for the past year to prepare for his service and hopes to serve with the special forces. Also thanks to Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley and their efforts with Carry the Load. Check out http://www.carrytheload.org. This was a great experience for our family.

  • Steveb

    I’d like to thank my son, Mark Baumann, USAF. 3 tours in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan

  • Mario

    Thank you for the acknowledgement. Some pastors act like this day never happened.


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  • Neal Durham

    I to would like to thank my uncle Robert Thomas Hyatt for his service in Korea.  There have been many Hyatts all the way back to the Revolutionary War and the current conflicts that have been in Iraq and Afghanistan.  WWI, there was an uncle Ray Bivens who was on a troop transport waiting to depart the states when the war to end all wars did end.  In WWII, there was my dad Warren Durham, lst Cav in the Pacific along with his brothers, Orville (Normandy on D-Day), Jim, Hank, Ralph.  I know what war is and it is not glamorus as I can personally attest to that (Nam:  Dec 68 – Dec 69, Jan 73 – Mar 73, Oct 73 – Jan 74.)  A big thanks to those who gave their all in any situation, including those firemen and police involved with 9/11.