Lt. Colonel Brock McLean (Ret.) has been with the Military for over 40 years.
He has helped year after year at the Healing Field in Sandy with very beautiful and moving ceremonies that honor our fallen military men and women as well as first responders.
These ceremonies involve the Gold Star families in Utah. All of the Gold Star families are invited every year to come out to the field and particularly to the ceremony. It means a lot to them to have this annual tribute and to know that their dear family member has not and will not be forgotten.
Master Sergeant Gordon Ewell knows about sacrifice. Shortly after 9/11 the country headed to war to Iraq and Afghanistan. September 11th started a new journey for many man and women, including Ewell. And, he says even though many are now home, the journey continues because of the experiences, both physical and emotional.
Ewell was an IED hunter in Iraq and was injured six times. The most damage came from his traumatic brain injury.
He was medically retired, but continues to serve as a member of the Blue Star Riders, as a volunteer at the George E. Wahlen V.A. Hospital in Salt Lake City, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Legion and with various other military-related service organizations.