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Memorial Day Weekend 2024

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As we approach Memorial Day, it is fraught with numerous memories, different for everyone. Memorial Day is dedicated to the fallen. Veterans Day is dedicated to those who have honorably served. Numerous people are not familiar with the difference.


On November 7th, 2004, my daughter and my grandson were living with us while her husband was in Iraq, fighting with the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment,10th Mountain Division, in Baghdad when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device detonated near his security patrol. My daughter and son were living with us in Midland, Texas, when we received the dreaded doorbell ring. We were met by the Casualty Affairs Officer and a Military Chaplain at the door. At the time, my daughter was 8 ½ months pregnant with twin girls.


We at OGWA are keenly aware of the meaning of the sacrifice of all those who have given their lives for Our Country. That is why we choose to honor those that have fought and died for us as we approach Memorial Day. Our organization, Oil& Gas Workers Association, wishes to express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by all the branches of the Military and families who have lost loved ones while serving our United States of America. As we recognize its true meaning, please join us on this Memorial Day and remember what the day truly stands for.


May God bless you and keep you during this coming holiday. May God bless the Gold Star Families in remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice made by their loved ones. And may God bless America.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

         John 15:13

Dusty Roach has forgotten more about the oilfield than most of us will ever learn. When he's not working, Dusty can usually be found spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. After all, who else are we out here working for?

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