Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day is not the first day of summer.
Memorial Day does not mean a weekend filled with
BBQ’s and parties. Memorial Day is the time to pay homage
 to the men and women who died while serving our country.
Memorial Day is a day to honor those who died to give
us our freedom…..“Freedom isn’t free.”

Online Obituary for Colt

I posted the following on my main blog for my son, Richard Colt Hazlett. You are more than welcome to go to the link and post a comment or to post a comment here…please be kind.


Richard Colt Hazlett was born on November 8, 1992 in Farmington, Missouri, to Richard Patrick Hazlett and Shannon Pinkley-Hazlett. Colt passed away after a very short, intense battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on March 10, 2016 in Dallas Texas.

In February 2011, Colt graduated from Bangor High School in Bangor, Wisconsin. He joined the United States Army and took Basic/AIT in Fort Benning, Georgia. After training, Colt was stationed for a year in the State of Washington. After the Army, Colt worked various jobs but mostly in the oil field and construction.

Colt was preceded in death by his grandparents, William “Bill” Pinkley and Vickie Sue Henson-Pinkley, both of Annapolis, Missouri.

Colt is survived by his parents, Shannon & Steve Wamsley of Bangor, WI; father, Richard P. Hazlett of Desloge, MO; son, Colton Hazlett of Arkansas; sister, Vickie Reece of Dixon, MO; grandparents, Charles & Judith Wamsley of La Crosse, WI; grandmother Betty Hazlett of Missouri and grandfather, Patrick Hazlett of Missouri.

Colt is also survived by his uncle/aunt Brian & Christina Pinkley of Annapolis, MO; Michael and Tami Wamsley of La Crosse, WI; and Brian & Sarah Hazlett of Farmington, MO. Colt is survived by many loving cousins (Amy Neel of Missouri, Brandon Hazlett of Missouri, Joseph Hazlett of Missouri; their spouses…and so many more), additional family and a host of wonderful friends.

Thank you to Gemini Alexander Brooks for being with Colt. Words will never be able to express the gratitude I feel. You have a beautiful soul and I feel truly blessed to call you my friend.

9-11: We’re Still Standing

We’re Still Standing
© Hannah Schoechert

Those twin towers
Standing tall with pride,
Fell with grieving hearts.
Stunned, America cried.

But we’re still standing.

Bin Laden tried
To crush our land,
But we stood our ground
With our flag in hand

And we’re still standing.

Red for the valor
And the blood that fell.
White for the purity
Our heroes tell.
Blue for the justice
That will be done,
Proving once more
These colors don’t run

And we’re still standing.