Happy Memorial Day

The above photo is of my husband, Rick. He is a Veteran and I’m so very proud to know, love and be married to this man. On Memorial Day weekend I think of two men. my husband and my grandfather.

Staff Sergeant Buteau

Rick emlisted in the United States Army in 1984 (I was 5 years old!). He was Honorably Discharged in 1998. He was a STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) last based at Fort Leonard Wood and a Mental Health Specialist. He served for more than 13 years! Thank you, Rick, for your service!

Rick’s Honors

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Arm Achievement Medal (3rd Award)
  • Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award)
  • National Defense Services Medal
  • Noncomissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbin w/2
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-W Bar
  • Bronze German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge

In Loving Memory of


Roma Laramee

January 21, 1926 – March 4, 2008

My grandfather Roma is still sadly missed after five years since he lost his long battle with cancer. A Corporal Marine who fought in World War II including the First Battalion, Fourth Marines and more impressively he was a part of the Sixth Marine Division who fought the Battle of Okinawa. He served from at least 1944-1946. You can watch the documentary on the 6th Marine Division below.

Notably, “It has a record of DISTINGUISHED SERVICE second to none and was awarded the coveted PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION as a result of its SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE during the Battle of Okinawa.”

A wonderful man who we will never forget!

The Sixth Marine Division

Thank you to the many men and women who served and who gave their lives for our Freedom!

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