The name of the soldier that I would like to thank is Ryan Egesdal, U.S. Navy

Ryan is currently serving on the U.S.S. Stennis and is out in the Pacific at this time preparing for an eight month tour at sea.  Despite the conflicts going on in the world, Ryan sought to follow in the footsteps of his grandfathers, uncles, and cousins to serve this country proudly and selflessly.  He leaves back at port his new bride, Melissa and a host of fur babies. (Ryan is a life-long cat lover)  And even though I am very proud of Ryan and his service, it is to ALL of our military and their families that should be remembered this Memorial Day.  Their commitment to serve our country so that we all can be free is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make.  I say thank you to each and every one of them!  They make me proud to be an American.

Laura Abney