Proposed Bill Honors Fallen Soldier
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GREEN BAY, Wis.--A local congressman wants to pass a bill honoring a fallen Howard soldier. Corporal Justin Ross was killed in action almost two years ago in Afghanistan.
Now congressman Reid Ribble is moving forward with a bill that would rename a Green Bay post office on Packerland in Justin's honor.
"My heart skips a beat every time I walk by his room," Justin's mother, Debbie Ross said.
What was once their son's bedroom is now a memorial. But through the stories, Ron and Debbie Ross keep their son Justin's spirit alive.
"Freedom is not free, and someone has to pay for the things that we enjoy everyday," Ron said.
From a purple heart to a folded flag, Justin's family has gotten many honors for his sacrifice.
But now may be the biggest of all--congressman Reid Ribble is drafting a bill that would rename a Green Bay post office the Corporal Justin Ross post office.
"When we choose to honor Justin this way, and his family's sacrifice, we're not honoring just Justin, we're honoring virtually all the soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq," Ribble said.
When the family heard the news, their jaws dropped.
"I was just so honored, I was just in awe and didn't even know what to say," Debbie said.
An honor to a son who defended our freedom.
"I'd just like people to remember that, the fact that we're able to walk around, do the things we're able to do, that we're able to make choices everyday. It's because people paid the ultimate sacrifice," Ron said.
Ribble tells us everyone in the Wisconsin delegation supports the bill. He's confident it will pass congress later this year.