Ryan Knauss’ name read for the first time at East Tenn. Veterans Memorial

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The late Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss, 23, who died in Afghanistan, was honored Monday at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial.

His parents, Greg and Linnae Knauss, attended the dedication ceremony where Knauss’s name and 17 others were read out to note that they had all been engraved on the walls of the memorial.

Knauss’s name is on the “Other Conflicts” wall in the War Against Afghanistan section. Although the other 17 names have been added and read, none of these soldiers died last year.

Memorial Day is a lot more personal for me this year, obviously. It has always been special to think of the freedoms we enjoy through the sacrifice of so many others and now Ryan is part of that group, said Ryan’s father, Greg Knauss.

White roses were placed at the memorial as each name was read.

“His name is strewn in memorials everywhere and it’s very surreal. And I don’t want to say it’s lighthearted, uh. It’s just very, very different knowing him as my little boy and becoming a young man and a soldier who served this country, it’s a very different feeling,” said Greg standing next to Linnae.

Greg said he and Linnae traveled to Fort Bragg last week for memorials and ceremonies there.

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