Front Sight Mail Bag: Responses to Veterans Day Post

May 26th, 2009  

Here are a few responses I’ve received to the Veteran’s Day offer.  I am touched to hear from you about this, a subject so close to my heart.

Dr. Piazza,
Thank you for that moving story. I have a similar story with my fathers influence in my life and my love of firearms and country. Those types of people are becoming almost an endangered species in this day and age. I am honored to have been able to know such a man as my father, who made me who I am today. Thank you for all that you are doing for this country and gun ownership in general.
Al D.


Dear Dr. Piazza:

Your letter about your father-in-law touched me deeply. We honestly have no idea what influence we wield on others. I don’t know if he lived long enough to see the result of that influence on you and your creation of Front Sight, but I sincerely hope he did. I know he would be extremely proud.

My wife and I so look forward to our first training experience with Front Sight. We signed up a couple of weeks ago, and hope to come out to Nevada sometime this fall. I am so impressed with what I have learned about this organization, and what it stands for. I hope to meet you in person.

Clayton D.


Dear Sir,

Thanks for your Memorial Day offer to veterans – I believe I’ll take you up on it by sending in my money order.

Your story was a touching one, and similar to my own. My 87-year old Dad is the last surviving member of his outfit from WW II, and is at the top of my list of heroes. Lately, I have spent as much time with him as possible, caring for his home so that he may continue to live independently. Although this requires taking time off from work and travel from MI to TX, I do it willingly because we both know his time on this earth is limited.

Every year our little town is Michigan holds an annual Memorial Day parade – an intimate affair culminating at our town’s memorial. I went there yesterday in the hope of finding some good images to capture, but (sadly) only two WWII vets were in attendance. As the colors were raised from half-staff and the roll call of those no longer with us was read, I snapped this image (attached) even as the tears welled up in my eyes.

Veterans Day Salute

Veterans Day Salute

I just wanted to share it with you, and you have my permission to use it as you see fit. You may view the entire album on my FaceBook page, if you’d like.

Dr. Piazza, I am determined to make a difference in our country’s governance, and have decided to run for higher office as an independent, “912” candidate. You can read more about me and what I believe in by going to my blog,”The Citizen Patriot” . I may not have a “snowball’s chance” of getting elected, but am determined to at least bring these issues to the forefront of the discussion. I do this for my country, which I deeply love, and I do it for my Dad, so that the blood and sacrifice of our elders is not lost.

Thanks for your time and attention, and keep up the good fight !


John Bates
“The Citizen Patriot”



I knew there was a Marine somewhere in your background.? Your Memorial day message was very impressive.

I read it while taking a break from loading my personal gear, gun safes etc.. into the moving container destined for a state where Liberty and Freedom still mean something… Texas.?? San Antonio will be our new home not far from the Alamo.

I am scheduled to attend the Texas DPS Concealed Handgun Instructors Course next month so I can do my part in training willing students how to defend themselves (1500 instructors ..300,000 current license holders…population 20 million).? My spouse, a Col US Army Nurse Corps (Retired) will be attending to the wounded at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Brooke, our daughter Elena, and another lady friend will take advantage of your 2 day introductory course in defensive handguns this fall.

Thanks for all you are doing to help keep us free.

Semper Fidelis

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