My family recently lost a World War II veteran. We listened to taps being played and watched as a soldier presented the American Flag to my cousins. This was a very somber moment. It is something special to hear a soldier express gratitude on behalf of the United States of America. It is something special to have a veteran in your family.
I heard many, many World War II stories from my father and his three brothers. I think of my poor Grandmother worrying about her four sons in battle.
Who to honor on this day? That is a big question because our family has so many fine veterans! I have decided to honor the newest veteran in the Dooley family. His name is Devan Andrew Hatfield. He had always dreamed of becoming a Marine.
On September 11, 2001, Devan Andrew Hatfield was just seventeen years old. The events of the day made a profound impact on him. His country needed him and he was going to serve. On July 30, 2002, Devan enlisted in the Marine Corps. During the period of the second Iraq War, Devan served in Bagdad, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Chile. Devan was a member of the Fast Team. Thank you, Devan, for your dedication and service to our country!
The photograph is courtesy of Devan’s proud grandfather, Stephen Dooley of Colorado. Yes, Devan’s mother did worry just like my grandmother!