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Robert Waples answers the call

Robert Waples answers the call

Robert Waples and Troy Bystrom

Today is Veteran’s Day, 2017.  We applaud and salute our Veterans who have worn the uniform, both past and present. We respect you, and have immense gratitude for your service, and our freedom.  

Instead of just saying, “thank you for your service,” thousands of private citizens who have not worn the uniform, express their appreciation in their own ways throughout the year.  Robert Waples is one of those Americans. Not only is he involved in volunteering with several veteran events and organizations, he is easy to spot in the crowd because he usually has his grandson, Troy Bystrom, with him.  Robert includes Troy so his grandson will also have the opportunity to show respect to our veterans.  Recently, we were able to catch up with Robert.    Continue reading Robert Waples answers the call

Rocky Mountain Honor Flight @ DIA


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AT DIA MAKING THIS WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION SUCH A SUCCESS!  And Congratulations to Rocky Mountain Honor Flight for making another Washington, D.C. visit happen for our WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Veterans.  The amount of time, energy, and fund-raising  for the volunteers of RMHF to continue to provide these much deserved trips can be daunting.  If not for this all-volunteer organization, most of these Veterans would never see the memorials dedicated to them for their sacrifice and service. Continue reading Rocky Mountain Honor Flight @ DIA

Patriot Guard Riders by Robert Waples

Troy and I - Fort Logan 2013-12-14

Robert Waples & Grandson Troy Bystrom

Troy Bystrom -Fort Logan 2013-12-14 _3

From the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders website:

“We don’t care what you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a “hawk” or a “dove”.  It is not a requirement to be a veteran.  It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your station in life is. You don’t even have to ride.  All we require is that you show respect for those who have served our country. Continue reading Patriot Guard Riders by Robert Waples

Rocky Mountain Honor Flight: Welcome Home!


Lots of excitement at DIA on Saturday night as the twenty two WWII and seven Korean war veterans returned home from their trip to Washington DC. The fanfare included service members from all branches, families, boy scouts, bagpipers, and even dogs.  The smiles and enthusiasm was contagious as the crowd waited for our heroes.

Continue reading Rocky Mountain Honor Flight: Welcome Home!