Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Francis Joseph Ryan. Francis served in World War II.

Francis grew up in Gardner, Massachusetts, and enlisted in the Army to serve his country in World War II. During the war, he served as a Sergeant with Company G, 20th Infantry.

On July 6, 1944, Francis courageously held his post under heavy enemy fire in the invasion of Normandy. He received a Bronze Star Medal for his devotion.

We honor your service, Francis.


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.


Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

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Published on Feb. 19, 2017

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