Forestville families honor their loved ones who served

FORESTVILLE – Memorial Day was a celebration of veterans and family at the J. Carter Knapp 953 American Legion. Two children with several relatives who have served – Grace Ann Redmann, daughter of Amy and Scott Redmann, and Brayden Smith, son of Dana and Karen Bradigan Smith – presented the memorial wreath at the Legion in Forestville.

Grace Ann’s uncle, Brian Schneider, served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her maternal grandfather, Norman Schneider, served two years in the Army. Her paternal uncle, Edward D. York, served four years in the Navy and then rejoined and served in the Air Force Reserves as a security forces staff sergeant.

Brayden’s father Dana is in the U.S. Army and is currently stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., with the 509th engineer company. Brayden’s maternal grandfather is Bob Bradigan, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Brayden’s great-grandfather, John Bradigan, served in the Army during WWII while his maternal great-grandfather, Miles Barnes, served in the Merchant Marines. Brayden’s Great Uncle Bruce served as a Green Beret in Special Forces during the Vietnam War. His grandfather’s brother Brett served in the Air Force, and his sister Betsy served in the Army. Along with these family members, Brayden has several cousins, great uncles and great-great uncles who have served in branches of the service.

The community was proud of the veterans and how they were honored in Forestville.