REMEMBERING AND HONORING PFC SEAN SCHNEIDER OF JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN -- (Extensions of Remarks - April 02, 2004)
HON. PAUL RYAN
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2004
Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, this week our nation lost a man of honor, courage and kindness. Private First Class Sean Schneider was killed in Iraq on Monday when a bomb hit his convoy.
Sean grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and graduated from Craig High School-the same school I graduated from. Sean liked to hunt, canoe, and tinker with cars and motorcycles. His high school teachers talk about what a caring individual he was and how he was the kind of student you respected. At the same time, he was an independent young man who knew what he wanted to do with his life.
Sean joined the Army in 2002 with a strong desire to serve and protect his country. In doing so, he made that incredible commitment that our military men and women and our veterans throughout history have made: he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice and put his life on the line to preserve our rights and freedoms.
It is because of Sean and people like him that our country remains free today. America owes him and his family a tremendous debt that can never be repaid. What we must do is commit to always remembering his life and the sacrifice he made on our behalf. And we must be grateful for every one of our veterans who has stood up, like Sean did, for our country and the cause of freedom.
Sean Schneider led an inspiring life and touched so many people's lives along the way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his many loved ones-especially his wife, his parents and his siblings-during this most difficult of times.