WAYLAND — Although I never met Sgt. Devin A. Snyder face-to-face I feel like I have known her all my life.


The big heart that she left behind beats just as strong today as it did six years ago.


Sgt. Snyder’s life was cut short when she was killed in action in Afghanistan on June, 4, 2011.


Since then her family has created a ride in her honor called Sgt. Devin A. Snyder Ride To Remember.


On June 3 the fifth annual ride will commence at Wayland American Legion starting at noon. Registration and breakfast at the legion from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


This seems to get bigger and better every year with people coming from all over to pay tribute to this brave young soul.


I like to think that Sgt. Snyder is smiling down on all of her family, friends, teammates, comrades, and community members as we rev up our engines and ride in her memory.


The Snyder family Dineen, Edward, Damien, and Natasha have a heart of gold, and continue to keep their fallen hero's legacy alive.


I feel the loss of this beautiful young woman when I talk to her family, her friends, her classmates, her teachers, her coaches, her fellow soldiers, and the legion.


It is clear to me that although Sgt. Snyder’s time was short she surrounded all who knew her with love and compassion.


I have had the honor of covering this ride for two years, and this will be my third one.


Everyone opens their arms and wraps you in the warmth of Sgt. Snyder’s memory.


Sgt. Devin A. Snyder fifth annual Ride To Remember and Road Rally on June 3 with two wheels and four wheels welcome. Registration available online, includes T-Shirt, dinner, and entertainment at $25. Registration on the day is at the legion from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at $30, which includes T-Shirt, dinner, and entertainment. This goes to benefit local veterans organizations and law enforcement.


As Sgt. Devin A. Snyder rests at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Cohocton my hope is that she knows how much she is loved, and that her ultimate sacrifice for our freedom will never be forgotten.


For information on registration, the ride, or the foundation itself visit their website at http://www.devinsnyder.com/ride-to-remember.html

(Jasmine Willis is a reporter for Genesee Country Express)