By Grelan Muse Sr.
Inside The Pew
As a youngster in Cleburne, Texas, 101st Airborne Sergeant Bryan Burgess was an exciting and fun-loving kid who loved to climb
trees and play sports. Like older brothers are prone to do, he was protective of his younger sister, Brandi. Bryan always wanted to be a firefighter, police officer, or a member of the military.
Bryan Burgess chose the latter. He served his country well. He gave his life for his country.
Bryan Burgess, 29, died March 29, 2011, in Afghanistan when his unit was ambushed by the Taliban. According to The Associated Press, another solider was also killed in the attack.
The airborne sergeant’s life is one of many men and women who serve and die for our freedom is told in “The Hornet’s Nest,” a moving documentary now in theaters.
Terry Burgess, father of Bryan Burgess, told Inside The Pew that someone had contacted him about the making of the movie, but, at the time, he really didn’t pay it any attention because he was still grieving his son’s death.
The producers of the movie arranged a meeting with Terry and his family in Dallas and to review the footage of Bryan in action and his fellow soldiers. Terry indicated that it was a moment of joy and sadness but yet uplifting. Footage used in the film shows the ambush that claimed Bryan’s life.
“There was times in the movie we wanted to tell our son to stop and don’t go there,” Terry said.
He said the watching this movie and seeing his son and those brave soldiers give their life of this country renewed his faith in God and God restored him and gave him his purpose and mission to tell the story about these brave men and his son. Terry felt God united them together again in the Spirit.
“It was Bryan’s spirit that help us through this difficult time,” Terry shared.
A soldier is born
According to Terry, Bryan entered the National Guard right out of high school and was greatly impacted by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It was after the attacks that Bryan made the decision to join the Army.
“Bryan told me that his decision was to fight back for real so he joined the Army,” Terry said. “Nine-eleven really hurt Bryan, and he was ready to fight for his country. He was ready for the sacrifice.
“Bryan stated that he wasn’t asking me, he was telling him he was going to join the Army and fight back. I was very, very proud of Bryan for making a decision to what to fight for his country.”
Terry said Bryan’s decision to join the Army provided a mixed bag of feelings. He said his family was proud of Bryan’s decision but, at the same time, they were afraid of the warrior.
“We stood by him because we love him had faith in him; he had faith in God,” Terry Burgess said.
The elder Burgess said Bryan’s faith and spirit carried him where he needed to be, and Bryan believed and lived by it.
Bryan was a member of Glendale church of Christ in Cleburne. Growing up in Cleburne, Bryan Burgess was very active in the church in Sunday school and teaching Sunday school even up until adult life.
Bryan’s Christ-like demeanor was impressionable to superiors and soldiers alike, Terry said.
“Bryan loved the Lord,” Terry said. “Because of what his men saw in him, they stated that they would follow Sgt. Burgess into hell and they pay a heavy price.”
Terry Burgess said he was very happy and pleased about the making of “The Hornet’s Nest” and was ready for the whole world to see these touching moments of this movie.
Learn more about “The Hornet’s Nest” at http://thehornetsnestmovie.com/