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Thank You: Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014


I never served in our military, but I thank those who have whenever I can. I thank them at airport terminals and at cab stands. I see them at the State Fair wearing caps designating them from wars 60 years ago and I thank them; I see them at the mall or at baseball games wearing t-shirts or vests mentioning wars 30 years ago and I thank them.

I thank my dad and my uncle. I thank my co-workers at Innovative-IDM:

Dan Mahoney – Army (Sales Houston)

Danny Causey – Army (IT)

Mike Adams – Army (Sales Baton Rouge)

Percy Foster – Army (Field Service Dallas)

 

CD Oyeka – Navy (Technician Dallas)

Gene Gray – Navy (Utility Player)

James Nairn – Navy (Board Repair)

John Gray – Navy (Sales Dallas)

Lonnie Gillilan – Navy (Field Service Dallas)

Lonnie Muse – Navy (Field Service Dallas)

Mark Phelps – Navy (Board Repair)

Mike Terlesky – Navy (Engineer Houston)

Steve Lyons, Sr. – Navy (FAE Houston)

 

Jeff Smith – Air Force (Field Service Houston)

Jesse Simental – Air Force (Corporate Ops Dallas)

Jim Bishop – Air Force (Board Repair)

 

David Holmes – Marines (Technician, Board Repair)

Dustin Green – Marines (Sales Dallas)

Natasha Richardson – Marines (FAE Houston)

Thank You . . .

November 11, 2009

I never served, but I thank those who do whenever I can. I thank them at airport lounges and at cab stands. I see them at the State Fair wearing caps designating them from wars 60 years ago and I thank them; I see them at the mall or at baseball games wearing t-shirts or vests mentioning wars 30 years ago and I thank them.

I thank my dad and my uncle. I thank my co-workers at Innovative Automation, Jesse and Gene and Lonnie, and maybe others who have served and I don’t know about it.

A short story: On one of my visits to Pearl Harbor, I saw the park ranger about to drop the American flag at the end of the day. It was near the entrance/exit of the park, and a man wearing a cap designating him as a WWII veteran approached the Ranger.

I was within an earshot as the veteran asked the ranger, “May I help you take down the flag?” To which the park ranger rigidly stood back from the flagpole and sternly said, “No sir you may not. But may I help you take down the flag, sir?” It was the ultimate show of respect from the younger park ranger. And the two finished the job together. — pepper hastings