Which Veterans Would You Like to Thank?

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For many, this simply means an opportunity to take the day off, relaxing with family and friends. But there’s more to it than that.


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Memorial Day is a day we set aside to commemorate those veterans who have died in the service of our country. 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.

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 major 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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  • Tom Vanderbilt

    Hate to be a stickler but there’s one important distinction that you’re missing and many other well-meaning folks are missing it, too. Today is Memorial Day, a day to remember those who died in defense of this great nation. As part of my military service, I sent many of these men and women home from the battle field. Those we honor today are those who came home in flag draped caskets. Those we honor today are “gold star” families.

    I and my family are fortunate that I returned from Iraq safe and sound. While I appreciate many who have thanked me for my service this weekend, this weekend is not about veterans. The weekend for all veterans comes in November. This weekend, this day, is about that didn’t make it back.

    Don’t just thank a veteran today. Give prayers, positive thoughts, and heartfelt thanks for those families who will have an empty place at their dinner table and an emptier place in their heart. They are the ones we need to remember on Memorial Day.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Tom. Distinction noted.

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Thanks to all for their service on this wonderful day.

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  • http://livingawarriorlife.com/ Malori Mayor

    I would like to thank my husband and his twin brother, Captains Mark and Matthew Mayor, US Army, both 2-time Afghanistan combat veterans and wounded warriors. They are my heroes and I thank God that He brought them back both times. :)

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I’d like to thank my dad, Joseph Lalonde, who served during WWII. Also my grandpa, Meredith Isaac, who served in the army. And a very special thank you to Henry Wiggins who served and passed away this weekend.

  • http://www.annemariegazzolo.com/ Anne Marie Gazzolo

    Everyone who served and is currently serving and will serve in the future for keeping us safe. My father was in the Navy during Korea and I am an immensely proud aunt of freshly minted Marine. :) God bless them all!

  • Jerry Dugan

    I had the privilege to remember three brothers-in-arms this Memorial Day, PVT Kelley Prewitt, SPC David Nutt, and 1SG Joe Garza. I wrote a post for PVT Prewitt herehttp://www.therealjerrydugan.com/2014/05/why-i-will-go-on-memorial-day-silent.html?m=1