HOWARD, Wis. (WFRV) On the third anniversary of the death of Army Reserve soldier, Corporal Justin Ross of Howard, news of a lasting memorial to honor his sacrifice.
Twenty-two year old Justin Ross was halfway through his first deployment overseas in Afghanistan - when he was killed March 26, 2011 by small arms fire. Wednesday Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin) took to the House floor and urged passage of legislation - to name a post office after the slain solider.
On Capitol Hill - an emotional speech from Congressman Reid Ribble.
"Imagine a family in 1988, cradling a son picking him up, not knowing they were cradling a hero," Rep. Ribble announced.
Imploring his colleagues to support a bill to name this De Pere post office after 22-year old Justin Ross.
"This means a lot to our country - it means a lot to his family," said Ribble as he fought back tears. "I'm sorry to get chocked up but this matters to us, it matters to our country and the loss that is there is significant."
Inside this Village of Howard home.
"He was a very patriotic kid," said Ron Ross, Justin's father.
The two people who have lost the most say they take life - one day at a time.
"Every day it flashes through your mine - but some days that's pretty much all that flashes through our minds," said Ron Ross.
Ron and Debbie Ross say their son found his calling in the military. Quite and introspective - Justin loved to serve his country. They knew Rep. Ribble was pursuing this tribute to their son. However Debbie Ross says so many soldiers - are deserving of the honor.
"It's not just about Justin, but all the soldiers who have given their lives," said Debbie Ross, Justin's mother. "It is for everyone we must remember that - we're just fortunate our sons name was chosen."
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the legislation naming the office after Ross.
It now heads to the Senate - where it is expected to pass without opposition.