Honoring Local Argyle Veterans

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Before the Eagles play in their senior night football game, Chief Cairney leads the veterans in a salute to the flag on Nov. 5 at the Argyle High School stadium. Chief Cairney is the police officer at Argyle High School. “After my time at the Air Force Academy I served as a commissioned officer for 21 years and retired in 2013,” Cairney said. “I always knew the United States was and is a special place and one which we need to defend.”

Sara Daniel

Gabrielle Dininni, Reporter

According to Denton County residents, November 11th isn’t a day like any other. Veterans day is a day for family and counting blessings. There are people all over the world that have been through unimaginable things. These moments have created a monumental mark on American history, veterans like Allen Kitts, Eddie Robertson, and Timian Lewis are just a few out of the millions to share their stories.

Kitts knows it all when it comes to patriotism. He is a man who has fought many battles so that our freedom and rights could remain the way they are today. Many look up to him, because not only did he fight in the war but he survived it. 

“I was called into the war at the age of eighteen years old, and I had no choice but to leave my family behind,” Kitts said. “All I knew was I had to defend my country and that’s exactly what I did.” 

Leaving his family behind to fight was a difficult choice for Kitts.

“When I was called to leave my family, I had a million emotions running through my body like a wildfire, and at the same time I had this feeling like it was my calling to go be there for my country,” Kitts said. 

Even with all these emotions, Kitts rose to a higher level and chose to be brave for the men who couldn’t. 

“I got there and I just remembered seeing terrifying things like men crying on their phones and saying goodbye to their families, and it was by far one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen,” Kitts said. “I wondered if I would ever see my family again.”

Kitts’ service made an impact on our country’s history, and he is now using his story to inspire others.

“Whenever you are faced with a challenge, face it with all intentions of giving it your all and getting the victory out of it, whether the victory will be winning or just facing it without turning back,” Kitts said. “In life, there are always going to be challenges that are thrown at you, but you decide what kind of hero you want to be.”  

Not only did Kitts make a difficult decision to join the Military, but Veteran Timian Lewis knew it was his path as well. 

“Actually it was a legacy of the generations in my family, I chose the Marines because it was the toughest of which my dad told me,” Veteran Timian Lewis said. 

Stories like Timian’s show the true dedication and determination of our fellow Veterans.

Local Argyle Chief Cairney, who has worked at the police station since 2015, is also a Veteran and decided to put together an appreciation ceremony at one of Argyle’s home football games.  

“AISD has supported veterans in many ways, and we thought it would be a nice touch to do something more public,” Chief Cairney said. “We thought it would be cool to extend this to every veteran in the stadium for Veterans Day two years ago, and the result was profound.