This past weekend I was able to attend the services of A1C Marion “Hap” Hooton. Due the location of where the family lived and where the services were, I met them at the cemetery. I arrived, turned in the cemetery and looked up there was the American flag hanging waiting for his arrival. No matter how many times I see this, it is still breathe taken to me. I was met by his cousin Ginger as her and I had communications prior to me attending the services.
When word was said that Hooton would be turning into the cemetery everyone turned to see him make his way to his final resting place. His nieces exited the car and stood there with this look on their face that said it all (even if they never spoke a word). The bag pipes were playing in the background as honor guards removed him and took him to graveside.
After the services I got a chance to speak with one of Hooton older cousins Mr. Brooks. He thanked me for coming and just spoke about old times and the family dedication to the military. I spoke with nieces and even got a chance to hear one of the many family stories about Hooton and what a wonderful person he was.
I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country ~ Capt Nathan Hale
I want to Thank You A1C Marion Hooton for giving that one life. ~ Tonja