Honoring service

05/24/2014 12:00 AM

05/23/2014 6:51 PM

This Memorial Day I honor family members who have served our country, from the Revolution to Iraq, and the loss of two men I served with in the Vietnam War.

Ancestor L. Howe served in the Continental Army, fighting the British at Quebec.

James Warwick (for whom my older son is named) was a Confederate naval officer. My grandfather was in the Army during WWI and my father served in the Navy in WWII.

I was in the Air Force in Vietnam, when my friend Rick Ganley was killed over Laos and a comrade, David Collins, was shot dead near Cambodia.

Son Jim was in the 101st Airborne Division during Desert Storm and son John served briefly with the Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I especially remember Captain Ganley, whose remains were not recovered or returned home for more than 30 years.

And I honor the service and sacrifice of all American families who have fought in our nation’s wars to keep us free.

— Capt. Bruce W. Rider, Grapevine

U.S. Air Force Reserve (Ret.)

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