Phoenix man honors veterans with a front yard display

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 6:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Most of us don't do much outdoor decorating between Halloween and Christmas, but at this Phoenix home, Veterans Day means much more than just hanging up one flag.

"When people come by, and they ask why I'm doing this, it's just to remember my family of veterans," said 66-year-old Henry Dominguez.

Dominguez turns his driveway into a meaningful museum to honor members of his family who served from World War II on. Then there are people like 27-year-old Ricky Berry of Scottsdale, who felt like family. He died this July in Afghanistan after an IED blast. He was Dominguez's Grandson's best friend.

"You know, they're kids. And they party and they have fun, and there's a lot of laughter, and for him, one day, it ended," he said.

What you'll find in this display is pride and acknowledgment of the pain of war. But what you won't find are photos of Dominguez.

"I tried to serve but I couldn't pass the hearing exam," he said. "The doctor said 'Young man, you're not going to hear the bullet that kills you!'"

It was a disappointment, but his patriotism couldn't be stopped, and he's passed that on to the next generation.

"What he does with his time and for his family to honor them and to show these pictures and to talk about us and tell us the stories, it just means so much to me," said his son, Mario Dominguez.

But Dominguez isn't one to look for special attention. He'll tell you it's the people who lived the photos and stories that deserve your recognition.

"I have friends that come by and they'll just smile and pat me on the back and say 'Way to go.' And that's all I need."

 

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