FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Fort Riley paused Wednesday to honor those who answered the call to serve in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
A gun salute punctuated the post's commemoration at the Global War on Terrorism monument. It bears the names of Fort Riley soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Among them is staff sergeant Ryan Zorn, who was killed in Iraq in November 2009. His parents, JoAnn and Myron attended the ceremony.
JoAnn said, when Ryan died, "it was like the foundation of our life cracked." She said they continue to heal and praised the Army for its support of their family.
Myron says Ryan was on his third tour in Iraq when he was killed, and would reassure his parents that the soldiers were having an impact.
"He was proud of what he did and he did make a difference," Myron said. "He was a better man than I am. He changed the world."