HONORING MY BROTHERS ON MEMORIAL DAY

MEMORIAL DAY
As the only female in my family to serve in the United States Army, I am proud to publicly give honor and respect in loving memory to my wonderful brothers:
EDDIE JULIUS METZ, JR. and RAYMOND METZ,
for their service in the United States Army during the Korean War. Their family nicknames were Black and Chief. Great memories.
RIP, dear brothers. Miss you so much.

HONORING MY FATHER ON MEMORIAL DAY

MEMORIAL DAY
As the only female in my family to have served 22 years in the United States Army, I am proud to publicly give honor and respect in loving memory to my wonderful father,

EDDIE JULIUS METZ, SR.,

for his service to our country.
RIP, Dad. I miss you.😢

Remembering LORI PIESTEWA

Lori Ann Piestewa, born December 14, 1979 – died March 23, 2003, was a United States Army soldier killed during the Iraq War.  A member of the Army Quartermaster Corps and of the Hopi tribe, Piestewa was the first Native American woman in history to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military and the first woman in the U.S. military killed in the Iraq War.Arizona‘s Piestewa Peak is named in her honor.

ROLAND BAUTISTA – Earth, Wind & Fire

Bautista played on the 1972 Earth, Wind & Fire album Last Days and Time, but left the band soon after that album’s release. He later released two solo albums on ABC Records: Bautista was released in 1977 and The Heat Of The Wind was released in 1978. He also worked as a guitar player for the Ronnie Laws Band, The Crusaders, Jackson 5, Lamont Dozier, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Crawford, George Duke, Wayne Henderson and Hubert Laws.
He played the 12-string guitar as well as the electric guitar. He returned to EWF in 1981 replacing fellow rhythm guitarist Al McKay and performed on 1981’s Raise!, 1982’s Powerlight and 1983’s Electric Universe. He left the band in 1983 when the group went on a hiatus that eventually lasted for four years. On February 29, 2012, Roland Bautista died of natural causes.

LARRY DUNN – Earth, Wind & Fire

Larry Dunn (born Lawrence Dunn June 19, 1953) is an American keyboardist, musical director, producer, songwriter, composer, arranger, and one of the early members of the music group Earth, Wind & Fire. Dunn, along with other members of Earth, Wind & Fire, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

With his funky keyboard playing, Larry helped transform Earth, Wind & Fire into one of the all-time most successful R&B bands in the world, with sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide, 6 GRAMMYs, 13 GRAMMY nominations, 4 American Music Awards, 32 Gold & Platinum/Multi-Platinum Records & Albums, a Star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame, induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (2000) & Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010) and the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award (2016) as well as other industry awards.

In addition to playing the organ, synthesizer, piano, keyboards, and clavinet with the group from 1972 until 1983, Larry held the position and handled the responsibilities of the band’s Musical Director. As one of the key people behind the scene, much of the group’s musical success can be attributed to him. In addition, he rehearsed Earth, Wind & Fire for live stage performances and wrote many of the musical segues and medleys.

Larry had major creative influence in, and is proud of his contribution to such Earth, Wind & Fire classics as: “Shining Star,” “Spirit,” “Be Ever Wonderful,” “Runnin’,” “See The Light,” “Let Me Talk,” “And Love Goes On,” “Jupiter,” as well as other melodies that will live on in the hearts of fans and popular music lovers alike.