My family has a long heritage of patriotic military service. On both my mother and my father’s side, my grandparents and great-grandparents and their brothers and uncles and cousins served in the Army and the Navy. Many of them fought in battles in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. And to a man, by the grace of God, they all returned home to live and work and raise families. They became farmers and aerospace engineers, inventors and innovators, husbands and fathers and friends.

Most of these great man have since passed on, having lived full lives and enjoying the freedom they fought to possess. They would say they’d do it all again. It was worth it.

Many families were not so fortunate. Not every man and woman made it home. Some gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live and work and raise families in freedom today.
Thank you. To the men and women who never made it home, thank you. To the families who have lost brave soldiers on the battle field and in conflicts, thank you. We will not forget you. We remember. Happy Memorial Day. God bless.

My father’s father, Floyd Burton
My mother’s father, Frank Patterson


Harold “Bud” Burton
Stan Burton
Jerry Burton
My maternal grandmother’s grandfather, Orange Stover, WWI

My maternal grandmother’s brother, Wallace Brindle, WWII

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