Today I had the privilege of carrying a banner for PFC Rocky Snyder who was killed in action on March 30, 1967 in South Vietnam. I carried the banner in a Veteran’s Day celebration here in St. Johns, and have been grateful to one of my parishioners for inviting me to do so.
Last year was the first time I participated in carrying a banner for a fallen soldier from St. Johns. The parishioner I mentioned, Al, asked me if I would like to come down and take part in the parade. Al lost his son, Andrew, in Iraq 10 years ago this coming Christmas. He is a Gold Star father. Upon arriving to the meeting point prior to the parade last year, I was handed a banner for Rocky Snyder. There was no particular reason I got his, other than each of us carried a banner and his was given to me. Read More »