As of June 29, 209 military personnel had been killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. On Thursday, June 30, one of our own, laying down his life during combat in "Operation Enduring Freedom," brought the total casualties to 210. His name: Marine Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider, from Phoenix, New York.
When we say "one of our own," we're talking about Kyle as a member of the greater Syracuse community. But when we say "our own," we're also speaking of Kyle as a member of our extended Crouse family. His father, Rick Schneider, has been a CT Technician at the hospital for nearly twenty years, and his aunt, Kelly Schneider, is also a Crouse team member on 7 Memorial.
The entire Crouse family extends heartfelt condolences to Rick, his wife Lorie, son Kevin and all the members of his family and circle of friends and fellow Marines.
Today, Friday, July 8, at noon, a moment of silence and reflection will be observed at Crouse Hospital in memory of Kyle and in honor of those who serve their country. We invite the Central New York community and beyond to join with us.
And as a further "visible" memorial of the sacrifice Kyle and his parents have made for our nation, the iconic Crouse Hospital clock tower will be illuminated this evening and throughout the weekend of his calling hours and funeral service, in red, white and blue.
Rest in peace, Cpl. Schneider.