Being a reporter I hear a lot of stories, and get to meet a lot of different people.
In past few months I've talked to the president of MSNBC, a NFL prospect, a television actor and all sorts of exciting and fun people. But while talking to Perrysburg resident and World War II veteran Bob Romaker, it sunk in I was talking to someone truly special.
He was telling me how he saw the raising of flags over Iwo Jima. That is an historic moment that has been made into a statue, and a prominent moment in American history.
Mr. Romaker was still humble talking about the entire event, and talking about being on the National Geographic channel for a program to air May 31.
This man fought for my freedom, and is absolutely apart of The Greatest Generation. I was honored to be able to thank him for his service.
One wish is that this Memorial Day I could thank my uncle, Fred Nigh, who died for his country in Vietnam.
I can still thank all those that we have in this country that bravely stood and fought for us.
I'll likely never know what it is like to carry a gun and shoot at other people you don't know. I'll never know what it is like to see friends get wounded or killed. I want to thank those like Mr. Romaker who protected this country.
I can tell Perrysburg is proud of its veterans and honors them appropriately. It was a pleasure meeting Korean War veteran Bill Williams of Perrysburg Township, or Craig Gauger who served in the Air Force, and Bob Kervin who served in the 1950s with the Navy.
My great-uncle, Foster Ford from Arcadia, received the Purple Heart after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge for the U.S. Army in WWII. When he passed away, The Greatest Generation and my family lost a hilarious story teller, and great fisherman.
My step-father Todd Priestley served during the First Gulf War for the Navy. He was on the USS White Plains when a fire broke out that killed six sailors, he was a first responder after getting off duty about 30 minutes before the incident.
I never know how to tell him or my uncle Rick Priestley how proud I am that they fought for our country. They put themselves in harm's way all over the world for my freedom.
To all of the readers and veterans in Perrysburg that were or are in the service, thank you so much for everything you have done and do for us.