Band of brotherhood

Three of the four Rooney boys of Westlake are currently serving in the military. From left are guardsman Dylan, Marine Brody, guardsman Colton and non-servicemember Dalton, who works as a cinematographer in San Francisco.

​Serving in the military is not only an honor and a privilege but for some families a tradition. For one local family three brothers have continued that tradition, a tradition that started with World War I and has lasted almost six generations.

Lifelong residents of Westlake and graduates of Westlake High School, Colton and Dylan Rooney (class of 2007) and Brody Rooney (class of 2011) are all currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Whether motivated by stories from family members about Vietnam, Korea or World War II or from a very positive upbringing for the love and respect for the flag and our country, Brody, Colton and Dylan found it very easy to serve their country.

​Brody is currently serving in the U.S.Marine Corps and is looking forward to a career in the military. Colton and Dylan are currently serving in the Air National Guard and are taking full advantage of the GI Bill. Colton and Dylan, after a deployment this summer, will start their new careers. Colton will be graduating from Ohio University with a degree in mechanical engineering and will be working for an engineering firm in Cleveland. Dylan will be graduating from Bowling Green State University with a degree in construction management and will be starting a new job in Chicago.

A recognition of the brothers' service to our country is currently on display at the intersection of Dover Center Road and Hilliard Boulevard in Westlake. Three of the four corner posts feature the names and photos of the Rooney boys.

​As their father I can say their commitment to this country and their family is at a level that would make any parent proud. Thank you to all the men and women, past and present, that have served in the military and especially thank you to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. We are the nation we are and have what we have today because of you.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.16.2013