552nd ACW stands tall to remember

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Roger Turnipseed
  • 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Nov. 11: We call it Veterans Day while our friends to the north call it Remembrance Day.

No matter your citizenship, we stand together to remember the members of both our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

On Nov. 11, 2014, Americans and Canadians stood together once again on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to honor the service members from both countries that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

A member of the 552nd Air Control Wing and E-3 Crew Chief with the 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Airman 1st Class Bradley Kenna, not only had the opportunity to attend the ceremony but was also honored to participate in it.  Airman Kenna is an accomplished bagpipe player who was noticed for his talents while playing in a local bagpipe group. He was honored when he was selected by the Canadian Detachment here at Tinker to participate in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony. Airman Kenna, who hails from Albuquerque, N.M., has been in the Air Force for two and a half years.

When asked what it meant to have the opportunity to play his bagpipes in the Remembrance Day ceremony, he stated, "I was very honored and humbled to be asked to play in such an event. An event that brings together two great countries and showcases the partnerships we have shared since World War I."  Airman Kenna has been playing the bagpipes for 12 years and took up the instrument to get closer to his Scottish/Irish heritage.            

This year marked the 96th anniversary of the end of World War I.  In honor of those who fought for our freedoms, service members from both countries met at the memorials for 2 minutes of silence.  Here in Oklahoma, the Canadian Detachment partnered with the Midwest City American Legion Post 170 for a combined Veterans Day and Remembrance Day ceremony at Arlington Memory Gardens in Midwest City.

"Lest We Forget!"