Renaming Knox Post Office
In Honor Of
SPC Ross A McGinnis,
US Army KIA
24 Oct 16
Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in a ceremony of Renaming Knox Post Office to “Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office”. SPC McGinnis gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country so we want to make this ceremony as special as possible for the McGinnis family and the Knox community.
In August 2006, Spc McGinnis aged 19, while the regiment was deployed to eastern Baghdad and he was serving as a .50 caliber machine gun in a HMMWV during operations against insurgents in Adhamiyah, on December 4, while his platoon was on mounted patrol in Adhamiyah, a grenade was thrown into his vehicle. He shouted a warning to the other four men in the vehicle, so they could prepare for the blast. When one of the men responded they could not see where the device had landed, instead of jumping out of the gunner’s hatch, McGinnis, protected his brothers without hesitation. Due to his heroic and selfless act, others only suffered minor injuries.
A ceremony was held in the east room of the White House on June 2, 2008 in which the Medal of Honor was presented to his family by President Bush In addition to his family and the President, many other notable people attended the ceremony, including the Vice President, the Secretary Of Veteran Affairs, James Peake, Secretary Of The Army, Pete Geren, Secretary Of The Air Force Michael Wynne, General Jim “Hoss” Cartwright and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Several members of Congress also attended as did his brothers of McGinnis’ unit from Iraq, including the other soldiers from the vehicle he sacrificed his life to save.
Monday, 24 October 16
Staging: 5:00 PM
In front of the Post Office.
Knox Post Office
523 E Railroad St, Knox, PA 16232
Briefing: 5:15 PM
Flag Line: 5:30 PM
Ceremony and dedication starts at 6:00 PM.
Following Dedication, refreshments will be served at the
Knox Volunteer Fire Department.
Watch The Weather & Dress Accordingly.
Please Bring Your 3 x 5 Flags.
Ride Captain: Jim Peppler
Assisting Ride Captain: Timothy “Timmaye” Smith