WAYLAND — Sgt. Devin A. Snyder was someone’s daughter, sister, teammate, friend, hero, and for many, she remains an inspiration.
Sgt. Snyder’s life was cut short on June 4, 2011 when she was killed in action in Afghanistan.
Snyder may be gone, but she is far from forgotten. The 6th Annual Sgt. Devin A. Snyder Ride to Remember and Road Rally is coming up on June 2, raising funds for worthy causes while furthering Snyder's legacy.
Dineen Snyder, Devin’s mother, is always very grateful for the community support in keeping her daughter’s legacy alive.
“I cannot say enough good about our community and the support they have given to our family and the foundation. We live in a fantastic community that has helped us navigate through the most difficult time in our lives,” she said. “We continue to mourn the loss of Devin but, with our family, friends, volunteers, sponsors and participants we are able to turn her tragedy into something positive in a way to help others and make a difference, which is one of the reasons Devin enlisted in the Army. We want to continue to make a difference and carry on her legacy.”
Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Wayland American Legion. There will be breakfast sandwiches available. Pre-registration is available online at $25 with a T-Shirt, dinner, and live entertainment. Day of registration is $30 with a T-Shirt, dinner, and live entertainment. Live entertainment this year is provided by Flint Creek. The ride leaves promptly at noon from the Legion. This year’s dinner is a pulled pork meal.
The Faces of the Fallen is expanding this year with two new entries.
“Faces of the Fallen has been a challenge with obtaining the proper medals and ribbons. We want them to be done right so we get a true feeling of who these individuals are and give them the respect they deserve,” Snyder said. "This year we are adding two: Theodore Roosevelt Van Tassell and William Paul Smith.”
Donations will be made to the Research and Recognition Project this year for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“We will be making a public donation this year to the Research and Recognition Project. With our donation we would be helping with the development of this comprehensive treatment for the cognitive co-morbid problems of PTSD as well as the continued research into these related problems that will prove their effectiveness,” Snyder said. “This organization would not only be able to help our veterans but EMS and law enforcement as well with this treatment.”
Post Commander Kevin Mark continues to be amazed by the outpouring of support for this fallen soldier.
“The Faces of the Fallen are for all soldiers in the Wayland and Cohocton area that died in combat. We are working on people from the past and present,” Mark said. “It is a work in progress since there are so many of them. We are using other Legions to help us with this program.”
Mark said some of these men and women were lost in combat, and their remains are still missing.
“There is a lot of history on these people that we don’t know,” he said. “Some remains from World War Two soldiers who were shot down were never found.The families still haven’t had any closure. Some people have died in the ships, and they become a watery grave. It is really tough on the surviving family members.”
The Faces of the Fallen give the community the closure they need for the ones lost in battle.
The goal of the Snyder family and the Wayland American Legion is to continue to support local law enforcement and veterans outreach programs.
There will be exciting things raffled this year as well, like a trip to Watkins Glen, Boat Ride on Seneca Lake, and a trip to Toby Keith Concert.