Longtime journalist Susan Soper has written a beautiful Memorial Day post about Ryan Means: Southern People: Rockin’ in the Free World.
I was very fortunate to call Ryan my friend and the intensity in which he lived his life was infectious. Two-months shy of his 31st birthday he enlisted in the Army out of deep love for both the United States and his best friend lost in the World Trade Center attacks. He never did anything with less than maximum speed or effort. He was funny, sarcastic, daring, empathetic, patriotic, intelligent, strong, sincere and reliable. He was all the things anyone would ever want in a friend.
This is a must-read for Memorial Day and will give you even deeper appreciation for this holiday’s purpose: to commemorate the men and women who died while in military service to the United States. Read Susan’s post here.