Legacy Military Reunion with a Gold wreath between Military Reunions. Est 2023 written under the wreath
Honoring your legacy

1/4 Reunion Registration Form

Join us as we come together to commemorate two decades since your courageous journey in the sands of Iraq. It’s been 20 years since you pushed through the rugged terrain during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 and stood firm against the relentless challenges in the Battle for Najaf in August 2004. Your shared experiences, bonds forged in the heat of battle, and the memories you carry are the foundation of this reunion. On August 3, 2024, we will kick off the day with an early morning hike up to the memorial crosses—a solemn yet empowering tribute to your fallen comrades. Details of the hike and the gathering at Camp Horno are still in the works, promising a morning filled with reflection and camaraderie as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Following the hike, the reunion continues with a day filled with warmth, laughter, and reminiscence. As the sun sets, we’ll gather for dinner at a location yet to be determined, where stories will be shared, bonds rekindled, and new memories created. This is not just a reunion—it’s a celebration of resilience, brotherhood, and the unwavering spirit that defines you as a Marine. Whether you were on the front lines or providing support from afar, your presence is what makes this gathering truly special. Let’s come together on August 3, 2024, to honor your past, celebrate your present, and embrace the future. 

 

If you plan on attending, please, fill out the form below. 

Doug Hayenga – Treasurer, Board of Legacy Military Reunions 

Doug Hayenga grew up in St. Cloud, MN, where he graduated from Tech High School. Before 9/11, Doug joined the United States Marine Corps and served from August 2001 to December 2006. During his service, he completed two combat tours in Iraq. On his second tour in Fallujah in 2004, while serving as an infantry Team Leader with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, he was severely injured and was subsequently medically retired after recovering from his wounds.

After his military service, Doug earned a degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Grand Canyon University. He currently serves as a Deputy Training Officer for the Navy.

Doug resides in Virginia Beach, VA, with his wife, Dinora, a retired Navy veteran, and their two daughters. He is passionate about helping veterans come together to form a community of support and brotherhood, which led him to co-found Legacy Military Reunions.

Robert Shumate – Chairman of the Board and Secretary of Legacy Military Reunions

Robert Shumate grew up in Northeast Texas, just outside of Texarkana, where he currently resides. In 2001, prior to the attacks on 9/11, Robert joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school. As a decorated combat veteran, he served two combat deployments in Iraq. His first deployment was in 2003 during the initial invasion as a radio operator. He returned to Iraq in 2004, serving in Fallujah as a squad leader, where he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat valor distinguishing device and was combat meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Robert continued his service in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he was later promoted to Staff Sergeant.

After leaving active duty, Robert pursued higher education at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During his time there, he founded the school’s Student Veterans Association in 2010, serving as its President. He also organized a community-wide event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Currently, Robert is a Project Manager in the sports industry, collaborating with numerous professional teams and Division I schools nationwide. His extensive experience in organizing his unit’s reunions inspired him to co-found Legacy Military Reunions with Benjamin and Doug, where he continues to dedicate his efforts to bringing veterans together.