“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
While I am grateful for all veterans who have served our great country, there is one man who stands out for me on these national days of rememberance and I wanted to pay homage to him in my blog
I met Sgt Clifton "Larry" Sutherland in 1997, both of us were embarking on our new careers at Boeing. He quickly became a true friend and big brother to me.
Larry served in the Air Force 822nd B Safe Side. He was a Viet Nam Veteran and one of the proudest patriots I have ever met. He passed away in 2002 on a visit to Washington D.C. where he had arranged a reunion with his brothers from the 822nd. I have been told that Larry's last weekend on Earth was one of his happiest.
I was hoping to find a cartoon that Larry drew for us prior to leaving for his trip to Washington DC. It was sketched on a dry erase board in our office. As I recall, it had a characture of himself with the Viet Nam War Memorial in the background with bold letters that said "All Gave Some, Some Gave All" and a little note of farewell.