Honoring the Veterans in Our Lives
Today, our employees recognize the Veterans in their lives. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln. This is #WhyWeSalute
I salute my grandfather Charles Barrack for leaving his new wife behind to fight the Japanese in WWII. I salute all Veterans for their sacrifices and our freedom.
This is my Great Grandpa Leo Asmussen’s WWI uniform. I proudly salute and honor his service and bravery as he valiantly stood in uniform.
I salute Grandfather Waters, because I have only ever heard stories about him but I love him just the same. He and my Grandmother met while he was deployed and gave her 5 great kids, including my father.
I salute Grandpa Caruso because he dedicated his active duty and civilian life to the military. He also helped raise those 5 great kids after Grandfather Waters passed away.
I salute my husband, Alphonso, for making the choice to join the Marine Corps during wartime and becoming an even greater person for it. He served in Iraq and then some time in Africa.
I salute my father, James Brian Kane, a Staff Sergeant in the Airforce. He dedicated his life to the US military and his family.
I salute my Dad, R. C. Pritchett, who was born September 30, 1926. He went into the Navy January 24, 1945 and served in both WWII and the Korean War. He earned 8 medals but he is most proud of the “Good Conduct Medal.” He received a medical discharge in 1953. He enjoys tennis and dancing and contributes his longevity to staying active at age 89.
I salute my son, David Joseph Danford, who joined the Army Reserves in 2003. He was called to active duty in December 2006 and sent to Afghanistan for 14 months. After returning to reserve duty, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Colorado School of Mines in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
I salute my dad, C.J. Sweet, who served in the Army K9 Corps during WWII. He is buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery. I salute because it is the sacrifices of others that allow us the freedoms we enjoy today.
I am proud to salute the Veterans closest to me, my husband, father and grandfathers, who have made sacrifices to protect our country’s freedom for many years. It is because of our men and women in uniform, we can continue to sing, “O’er the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.”
I salute my Grandfather, Harry M. Collison – Harry the Boxing Marine! He was a Marine storming the islands in the South Pacific in WWII. Being a Marine during this conflict was one of the most dangerous endeavors in human history.
I salute my father and grandfathers because they bravely answered the call to service, served with honor, risked their lives for their county, lost their friends during battle and still exemplify the true definition of patriotism. I salute because they would never ask for the recognition they truly deserve. I salute because I’ve been given the best of role models and it brings tears to my eyes to think of how selflessly they acted. I salute because until the day he died my grandfather still wore his uniform at every occasion and saluted the flag he fought to defend.
-Walker L. Jones, PE
I Salute because of the sacrifice those individuals have made.
I salute my Dad, Wayne Williams-Army, and my uncles Ronald Williams-Army and Maj. Gary Williams (Ret.)-Air Force. All are gone, but not forgotten.