Army Spec Devon Snyder
patriotic

Selkirk, NY

#1 Jun 8, 2011
We have just lost a local service member serving our country in the war on terror. Her name is Devon Snyder of Cohocton. I as a member of the public who was not able to serve my country due to medical reasons, thank our service members active and not for there time and sacrifice they make for my cherished freedoms and for my childrens future.
Rumor has it that Army Doc Devon Snyder has just made it back home and that there is a possibility that everyone will be allowed to honor her and her family by lining the streets of Wayland and cohocton as she drives by...... That's what should be done w police, and fire escorts to honor her sacrifice to our country. Also what should be done is the fire whistles should be sounded to honor her as she gets in front of the stations. She made the ultimate sacrifice for or country and everyone should take the time to honor Army Doc Devon Snyder and her family. May her family be blessed and thank you.
patriotic

Selkirk, NY

#2 Jun 8, 2011
Sorry every one, automatic spell check is a little over active on my phone. The above should state Army Spec Devon Snyder.
Sceptical

Brawley, CA

#3 Jun 10, 2011
There is no greater tragedy than the legions of our country's young people who are dying in these trumped up wars. The sad fact is that the old men (comprising most of the Washington legislature) declare the wars, or more likely of late just tolerate Presidentially declared wars, and then the young people are sent to fight them. The mindset of the typical soldier who leaves home is that it's something to do that is socially acceptable--even admirable, a way to see the world, a path to a steady income and to an education when they return home. They know not everyone returns, but it won't happen to them. Well, it's happened to almost 5,000 of them, along with tens of thousands of injured and maimed. The misery of 9/11 has been duplicated several times over by our foreign policy. It needs to stop. Stress to current and aspiring members of Congress that you do not want to police the world or be it's 911 line. Most people in these countries do not want us there. The whole scenario is manifest evidence of Eisenhower's parting warning about the military-industrial complex. My deepest sympathies to the thousands of families affected by this ongoing tragedy.
mark campbell

Brackney, PA

#4 Jun 10, 2011
Dear Sceptical, this is not the place to air your thoughts on world views. Try writing to YOUR local news paper in the opinion section. This is a forum to honor Spec Devon Snyder, who has paid the ultament sacrifice for her country.
May she rest in peace.
Skeptical

San Diego, CA

#5 Jun 11, 2011
Mark,
I don't think your position that my freedom of speech is limited to my own community is one that would be supported by many Americans.
My posting arises from a deep concern that these young people are dying tragically, and for nothing other than their salaries and the GI bill. Most of the training they get is not transferable to a civilian job. When they go out in their expensive high-tech humvees in Afghanistan to "patrol", what exactly are they patrolling? What are they looking for? What are they protecting? How do they recognize the enemy? What is the "enemy" recognizably doing that is dangerous to the average American citizen? These are questions that need to be answered. Many of them are being killed simply because the people don't want them there. Would you want foreign soldiers patrolling your neighborhood?
My reason for raising these questions here is that the main time people tune in to the ugliness of war is when there are casualties. You say you want to honor the military dead. Me too. But while honoring them, why not be coming up with a strategy to prevent more needless deaths? Nothing makes me sadder (or madder) than hearing on the PBS evening news that another 5, or 6, or 10, or 12 young Americans have died needlessly. That program honors them weekly with a few moments of silence while their pictures scroll onto the screen. That's where I saw Devon's picture and thought, "What a tragedy to see that smile extinguished forever--and for what..."
It's an aberration of human behaviour that is the worst of tragedies. The death toll in Vietnam exceeded 50,000 Americans. How many are enough? I don't believe the entire countries of Iraq and Afghanistan are worth one red blood cell of a young American. Wars are first and last, political. Just ask anyone who has served in the military. I have.
Friend

Buffalo, NY

#6 Jun 11, 2011
Learn to spell her name Devin.
mark campbell

Brackney, PA

#7 Jun 11, 2011
dear skeptical, i would love to kick you right square in your ball sack
Skeptical

San Diego, CA

#8 Jun 11, 2011
I apologize for misspelling of her name. I saw it both ways on the internet. I'm sorry, Mark, but I don't understand your point of view. Perhaps you believe all these tragic deaths are necessary? Please tell me why, because I would really like to understand why it continues, other than for political purposes.

Kicking me wouldn't change anything except to give you some kind of perverse satisfaction. Remember that one of the big things all these young people are supposedly dying for is freedom of speech. It's not as if I'm yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre. In no way do I mean to be disrespectful of anyone, except perhaps the people in Washington who make these decisions. I had no intention of getting into a back and forth debate.(Although your last comment hardly qualifies as debate.) Your opinions obviously differ from mine, and I accept that with no ill will toward you. Tolerance of others' opinions is a large part of what our country is about. There have never been wars that someone wasn't opposed to, and I am definitely opposed to the current ones. I certainly agree with you about the importance of respect for Devin and those who died with her. We just see it as two different types of tragedy.
James Sdeman

Rochester, NY

#9 Jun 13, 2011
The tragedy here is that our country has lost a Brave Soldier. She was a friend to all in Wayland and Cochton. My grandson Christopher went to school with this amazing girl and she will be sadly missed but forever remembered by her family and friends. May God Bless her and all who knew her. May she rest in peace with her fellow comrades.
James Sodeman

Rochester, NY

#10 Jun 13, 2011
I am so not with it right now that i misspelled my own name before. Remember Devin as if she was your own.
momullins

United States

#11 Jun 14, 2011
James Sdeman wrote:
The tragedy here is that our country has lost a Brave Soldier. She was a friend to all in Wayland and Cochton. My grandson Christopher went to school with this amazing girl and she will be sadly missed but forever remembered by her family and friends. May God Bless her and all who knew her. May she rest in peace with her fellow comrades.
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Saturday, June 18 ยท 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location
Cohocton Sports Complex
2350 Route 63
Wayland, NY
Created By
Chris Charette
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Westboro Baptist Church is planning a protest at the funeral of Army SGT Devin A. Snyder who was killed in action. I have contacted the Patriot Guard Riders. They have been invited by the family to keep protesters from being seen or heard. If you want to go and show your support, you must register with them at the web-site below. It is free. You are welcome to come, but you must register. If you don't, you will be kept at a distance as well. Thank you for your support and heart.

Welcome to PGRNY
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jack frost

Horseheads, NY

#13 Jun 15, 2011
re- read your post and tell me thats honestly the truth ?? NO its not.. Infact I belive most of it is opinionated uneducated jibberish. what you people here need to realize is that regardless of the reason for Devin joining, serving or being killed in the military she has passed and was a beautiful young lady who lost her life serving for us. I know maybe it was or wasnt in direct combat but the fact is every single person who joins the Military does exactly that ,, they join as in volunteer and it is very unfortunate that this has happened.. I extend my sympathies and prayers to Devins friends and families..Please for the sake of her family who could very well be reading these posts , keep it positive. Its very easy to be a bit harsh in situations like these but put yourself in a grieving family members shoes , that would be the last thing you would want to read is negative thoughts and opinions about why this young lady is no longer with us.. dont you think they are going through enough..

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