Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Honoring Kingwood's Fallen

No city or town wants to be home of a fallen service member.  Sadly, the people of Kingwood, TX understand this pain all too well.  They have lost three young men, each who graduated from Kingwood High School.  Each man had spent many years, some their entire lives, in the Houston area before answering the call to serve in the military.

A group in Kingwood created a golf tournament with the goal to honor these three fallen heroes.  They also chose to raise funds for two nonprofits, Hope For The Warriors® and the Blue Star Mothers of America.

In April, the group held the First Annual Kingwood Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Tournament.  The day was a beautiful tribute to the sacrifices of these young Kingwood men.  Community leaders, local business owners, corporations, and residents provided overwhelming support.  The event was inspiring, heartbreaking and meaningful for all that attended. 

The day began with the JROTC Marine Color Guard from nearby Atascocita High School presenting the colors.  After the pledge of allegiance, Kingwood Resident, Jim Hicks, sung “God Bless America.”  The tournament was attended by 175 golfers who enjoyed a wonderful day of golf.  Afterwards, the guest speaker for the dinner featured was Ted Poe, U.S. Congressman from the 2nd District of Texas.

We thank the community of Kingwood, Texas for including Hope For The Warriors® in this tournament and allowing us to honor these three fallen heroes.

Sgt. Brandon Bury, USMC, KIA
Brandon was born in Houston in 1984 and lived most of his life in Kingwood. He graduated from Kingwood High School in 2002 and furthered his education in Austin, Texas before joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004. He died June 6, 2010 while on patrol in Southern Afghanistan. Brandon was survived by his wife, Heather, two young sons, Cole and Cade, his parents, two brothers, and numerous other loving family members and many friends. He was a larger than life figure with a stature (6’ 6”) that matched his big personality and big heart.

Sgt. William Meeuwsen, USA, KIA
Bill was born in Mount Vernon, Washington in 1981 and later moved to Kingwood. He graduated from Kingwood High School in 1999 and attended Texas A&M University before joining the Army in 2002. He died November 23, 2005 when his unit came under direct fire during combat operations near Baghdad, Iraq. Bill was survived by his wife, Lauren, his parents, one sister, and numerous other loving family members and friends. Bill was a caring man with a warm smile and a compassionate heart for people and animals. He was loved and respected by his family and friends and is missed greatly by all.

Lance Cpl. Luke Yepsen, USMC, KIA
Luke was born in Houston, Texas in 1986. He graduated from Kingwood High School in 2004 and attended Texas A&M University before joining the Marine Corps in 2005. He died December 14, 2006 while conducting combat operations in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. Luke was survived by his parents, one brother, numerous other loving family members and friends, and his fiancée, Sandra. He was a patriotic young man with a strong faith in God and the desire to serve his country and protect others. Luke loved all people and was proud to have traveled to 20 different countries in his 20 brief years.

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