continued Cpl. Schneider was later killed in action on June 30, 2011, heroically protecting his men while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
“Cpl. Schneider wanted to serve something higher than himself,” said Lt. Col. John D. Harrill, the battalion commander of 2/8. “I remember talking to him in the barracks. He left community college because he didn’t feel like he was doing enough for the country he loved. He certainly did something greater than himself when he came over here to fight alongside ya’ll, to protect his country and to help the people of Afghanistan.”
On Monday, the United States Post Office was officially renamed in Cpl. Schneider's honor.
Thanks to the efforts of former Congresswoman Anne Marie Buerkle, congress passed the bill in 2012 to recognize the legacy of Cpl. Schneider. Rep. Buerkle and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sponsored the bill in the United States Senate and it was signed by the President on Dec. 28, 2012, as Public Law 112-224.
Sen. Gillibrand and former Congresswoman Buerkle joined postal officials and community leaders at Monday’s formal ceremony to rededicate the Baldwinsville Post Office as the Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building.
Held in the auditorium of Baker High School, the program was hosted by Baldwinsville Postmaster Cynthia Foley and speakers included Sen. Gillibrand and former Congresswoman Buerkle along with Captain Glenn Baker, company commander for Cpl. Schneider, and Commandant Ron Farewell with the Greater Syracuse Marine Corps League.
David Mastroianni, acting district manager for the Postal Service’s Albany District and a Marine Corps veteran, spoke for the Postal Service; Rob Schroeder, Baldwinsville city letter carrier and Navy veteran, led the Pledge of Allegiance on behalf of the 49 employees of the Baldwinsville Post Office; and Rick Schneider, Cpl. Schneider’s father, offered remarks for the family.
Musical performances were presented by Jackie Schneider-Revette, Cpl. Schneider’s great-aunt, and Sean Honsinger, the first recipient of the Corporal Kyle R. Schneider Memorial Scholarship. In addition, the Baker High School Concert Choir performed “Remember My Name in honor of Corporal Kyle R. Schneider,” with words and music by Kerryanna Kershner and John Armstrong.
The US Marine Corps, the Greater Syracuse Marine Corps League and the Albert Glen Richardson VFW Post 153 and Vernice Suttle American Legion Post 113, both of which are located in Baldwinsville, presented the colors at the ceremony along with the Patriot Guard Riders.