Dear QISD Families and Citizens of Hunt County,
My name is Larry Farley. I am a Vietnam Veteran and very proud of it. I wanted to share a story around Veterans Day that has been on my heart for many years.
This letter starts out by saying to all of you who have served in the military and are presently serving, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you are not forgotten.
When I graduated from high school, my brother was in Vietnam. I remember my dad telling my brother and me, “You put on that uniform, you represent everyone in this country, and don’t do anything to disgrace that uniform.”
My dad taught us at an early age how to fold the United States flag properly, how to care for it, and that we should always respect the flag and what it stands for in our country.
When my brother came home, I went to Vietnam. He was in the infantry, and I was assigned to an infantry unit. He was an E-5 sergeant, and I was an E-5 sergeant. The war was very hard on us, but we knew what our job was.
The brotherhood in the military is like no other. You think alike, you react alike, and your strength is in numbers. But, every time I would form a friendship with a buddy, they would die, and I would struggle emotionally with the loss.
Somehow, I learned to regroup. I said to myself I would never have that type of friendship again, and I haven’t. As the war was ending for me, I came home thinking that there would be a lot of people to welcome me back.
There was not. There was only my family. No one else. It was like on the streets of Dallas, the war never happened. But, I know it did, because I lived it. I have never forgotten the heartaches, the losses, the loneliness, and I think about it every single day of my life.
Eventually, I moved away from Dallas and moved to Hunt County. My early days in Hunt County were similar to those in Dallas.
But, things began to change. I am proud of my service, I wear my military caps with pride, all of the time. I started working for Quinlan ISD in 1999. I am beginning my 21st year.
One day, a small boy came up to me and said, “Thank you for your service.” That started to snowball. I am very proud to work in a place that shows grand respect for the military and instills that respect in our young children.
But, it’s not just in Quinlan ISD. I have felt pride in the military all over Hunt County. Men, women, and children come up to me and say, “Thank you for your service,” more times than I can count.
It makes me feel like it was all worth it, all these years later to this day. Make no mistake, I am not a hero, but I am very proud of my service to my country.
So, to all of you in Hunt County, I want to say, “Thank you so much.” It just means the world to me to be in a place that values and appreciates the sacrifices of our military men and women.
Oh, yes, I must finish with, “God Bless America.”
SGT. LARRY S. FARLEY
1st Bn 46th Infantry
196th Inf Bde