Why I Serve: Maj. Bob Lyons
In his 20s, that’s when he really started to understand what the military was about and why his father and so many others served.
His dad was the oldest of 10 and had said he joined to fight in Vietnam so his brothers and sisters wouldn’t have to.
Now, Lyons has been in the Air Force for 11 years and is currently at student at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base.
While working on his graduate project, he realized he wanted to be something bigger than himself.
“While you’re young and have the energy, are you going to put your actions against your beliefs,” Lyons said.
Lyons decided to join the military and spend the rest of his life serving his country.
“United States is a great nation and great power and what comes with that is great responsibility,” he said.
He visited Normandy and remembers looking at the dates of those killed on Omaha Beach at the memorials. Many were in their early 20s, he said.
“They could have been on that beach for a few seconds or for a few days, but they died,” he said.
And now with two wars going on, current service members don’t get days off.
“We honor them by taking a moment and acknowledging what they’re doing,” he said.
Honoring the service of past generations is an important part of continuing the tradition of service. Their service inspires current military members, he said.
“It’s their stories that make us realize what is possible of ourselves,” he said.