US House Votes to Name De Pere Post Office for Fallen Soldier - WBAY

US House Votes to Name De Pere Post Office for Fallen Soldier


A Howard family is one step closer to seeing a federal building named after their son to honor him for his ultimate sacrifice.

Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to name the De Pere post office after Corporal Justin Ross.

Ross was killed while serving in Afghanistan three years ago.

March 26th is always a tough day for Ron and Debbie Ross. This year, though, is bittersweet.

On the third anniversary of Corporal Ross's death, they watched Washington lawmakers vote to recognize their son.

"We were just so honored," Ron Ross said. "That wouldn't have been something we would have thought of. Lots of soldiers have given their lives."

U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble, who serves the 8th Congressional District, including Howard and De Pere, has been working for more than a year to name a post office after Ross.

"It's just a way that citizens in Northeast Wisconsin can remember a fallen hero," Rep. Ribble said.

After roadblocks naming a Green Bay post office last year, Ribble focused on the De Pere site.

The location, though, is not what's important.

"Justin cared about his comrades. He cared about his country. He loved it enough to die for it, and we're going to honor him today," Rep. Ribble said.

Ron and Debbie are proud of their son but admit he probably wouldn't like all the attention.

Still, they very much agree recognizing Justin and all who've served is our duty.

"It is a great honor, and the honor part kind of comes in as you go on in life and realize that our nation recognizes it," Ron said.

When they'll see their son's name on the building is unknown, but they know it will be an emotional moment.

"The first thing that comes to my mind is 'tearful,'" Ron says, "but special."

The proposal must still be approved by the Senate and then the president, but Ribble doesn't expect any opposition.

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