Sgt. Corey Rystad
Died Dec. 2nd, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq
Published by Pioneer Press from Dec. 2, 2006 to Nov. 14, 2008.
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To the family of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:

As you may know, the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation has honored your loved one at its Memorial Day Sunday worship service (each year in May) … since the time of your fallen hero's ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to pay tribute to our nation's veterans … lest we ever forget!

Now we would like to honor you … as the next-of-kin … who have also paid a great price on the altar of liberty. On Sunday 29 September at 11:00 a.m. we will host a Gold Star Family Sunday.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship … as we pay tribute to your sacrifice. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “By Dying, We Live.” The special music will be the husband/wife vocal/piano — Wickman Duo. Following the worship experience, your family is invited to attend a social time in our Fellowship Hall … with some light refreshments.

As this historic chapel has limited seating, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
Leila Campbell
August 21, 2013
To the family of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office ([email protected]) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 4, 2013
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Rystad Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
April 22, 2013
Thinking of you
Mary Pufall
December 8, 2012
Just thinking of you and our brothers on this day. The events of 9/11 changed the lives of all Americans, but none more than our brothers in arms who have sacrificed so much in the past eleven years. Here is to Bryan, Corey, and Jimmy; we'll miss you guys always.
Tim Sevcik
September 11, 2012
To the family of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 20, 2012
To the family and friends of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:
Please accept my remembrance of Corey on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
December 2, 2011
To the family of Spc Corey J Rystad:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of our nation’s wars.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 11, 2011
The Spirit Soars!
J Seabloom
December 15, 2010
The Spirit Soars.
Jim Seabloom
December 15, 2010
To the family and friends of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:
Remembering Corey on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
December 2, 2010
To the family of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception; weather permitting will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 28, 2010
Dear Family;
Project Compassion is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Artist, founder and President; Kaziah Hancock will be coming to Minnesota in a few months, approximately March 2010. She has been asked by one of your local media agencies to attend an event to honor our Country and the State of Minnesota’s fallen soldiers/heroes. We would be truly honored for the opportunity to paint a portrait of your hero to present it to you and your family. If you have already received a portrait of your hero from us, please keep in mind that we have been approved by our sponsors to paint a second portrait of each soldier as long as it is requested in behalf of the heroes Mother, Father and/or spouse. We only paint these 100% free to the families because of our sponsors. Please visit www.heropaintings.com or contact me directly at [email protected] We would be truly honored to have a chance to learn more about each of these fine soldiers, our modern day heroes!
Very sincerely,
Kenna
Project Compassion
Kenna
January 6, 2010
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
Donna Gillette
December 25, 2009
To the family of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 24 May 2009. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “Answering the Highest Call.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 23 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 24 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 27, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,450 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at [email protected] or go to www.heropaintings.com. If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely,
Kenna
Kenna Larra
February 27, 2009
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”


I did not know Corey, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
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Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
http://tinyurl.com/3z8p55

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
http://tinyurl.com/6gey8b
December 2, 2008
To the family of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:
Corey gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
December 2, 2008
Your legacy lives on. God Bless you and others who died for our freedom.
Fabel Family
November 13, 2008
I never knew you but you were in my heart and prayers every day! God Bless you and your family. And THANK YOU!!!
Love
Teri Jo
A Navy mom
Teri Jo Schneibel
October 22, 2008
I didn't know you, but I will never forget what you did for our country. I wanted to take a moment and honor your sacrifice. Thank you. Because of you and heroes like you, I am proud to be an American. God bless you.
Amanda Borton
September 23, 2008
NO ONE FORGETS! COREY, BRYAN, JIMMY. MISS U GUYS.
AGGIE
September 23, 2008
I have never met you Sgt. but I want to thank you for volunteering to protect not only America, but other countries as well. It takes a VERY SPECIAL person to give what you and others give, as well as very special parents, wives, husbands, and children, to watch our volunteers walk that path. Bless you, and your family. I and millions of others are VERY proud of you. Thank you.
A distant Friend
September 17, 2008
I would like to thank you Sgt. Corey Rystad for serving our country and keeping us safe may god bless your family and our country(the United States of America)
Angela Thomas
September 16, 2008
Thank you Sgt. Corey Rystad, for serving our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. God Bless you!
Gina Storelee
August 28, 2008
My mother use to say "I still get a lump in my throat every time a see a military convoy go down the road.." She was a WWII Veteran. All soldiers were considered family. When I see a fellow Veteran, especially such a young one listed as this one we lost, I too get a lump in my throat. Mom is with the Lord, and my guess is she is putting her arm around Corey saying, "You were never alone,welcome home, Son,".
May his family find peace at this very difficult time.
Cynthia Rogers, SGT (Veteran)
August 16, 2008
Thank you for your service to our country. You are truly an American hero. You fought to protect the rights and freedoms we have here. You are missed by those who knew you as well as by those who can't even imagine what you gave of yourself to keep us safe here at home.
Dawn
August 3, 2008
Thank you for your service to our country.
Darcy Metz
July 29, 2008
Thank you, Sgt. Rystad, for your brave and selfless service to our country. May God comfort and care for your family. "Greater love has no man than this, than he lay down his life for his friend." You are a hero!
Lorie Fahs
July 28, 2008
Thank you, Sgt Rystad, for the ultimate gift of your life, you were a brave soldier and will not be forgotten. May Our Lord bless you and your family...
Jeanne Langeslag
July 23, 2008
Thank you Sgt. Rystad for making the ultimate sacrafice for your country. You're an American Hero.
Shannon Faust
July 23, 2008
July 16, 2008
I miss you bud, I think about you, Bryan, and Jimmy all of the time. It was an honor being your team leader and an even greater honor being your friend.....
John Kriesel
July 16, 2008
Sgt. Rystad - I did not know you but I wanted your family to know that I as an American thank you for all you did for your country. My husband is a vietnam vet. Thank God he came out of that war safe and sound. God Bless. Barb Castleberry and family
Barb Castleberry
July 15, 2008
Yesterday
I remember yesterday
And of all the yesterdays I remember
I’ll never forget the yesterday I spent with you
Today I live for tomorrow
But today reminds me of yesterday
When I was with you
Tomorrow
I hope to see you tomorrow
But if I don’t see you tomorrow
My memories of yesterday will do
July 14, 2008
Thank you for serving our country you are a true hero in my eyes. My prayers are with Sgt Rystad's family
July 13, 2008
My condolences to the family, a huge sacrifice has been required of you - and my thanks to Sgt Rystad for being willing to serve our country.
Pat
June 28, 2008
Thank you for serving our country. You are an American hero.
June 23, 2008
I do not know you-but you gave your life so we may be free. Thank you and all the other men and women that that serve their country. To the family Your in my prayers.
DHM
June 17, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Spc Rystad!
June 15, 2008
Thank you for serving our country. Your dedicated service is much appreciated. Because of your willingness to serve in the military I can truly say I am PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.

Mary Lehan
Mary Lehan
June 14, 2008
Thank you Corey, and God Bless you and all of the other brave men and women who have sarificed so much for our country.
Bruce Todd
May 19, 2008
I had the honor of speaking with your father at the Gold Star Family event in St. Cloud on May 3rd. Easy to see where your strength and honor came from. God bless you, Corey; rest easy in the company of our Nicholas and those other brave souls in your band of heavenly brothers. We will always remember.
Betsy Turcotte
May 18, 2008
on behalf of every veteran I would like to send my condolences. It is a tough time and with your help he will always be in your lives. I myself am a 14 year Army wounded veteran and have been in some close calls.
brian decoux
May 16, 2008
To the family of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “The Price of Freedom” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat. 24 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun. 25 May, a “PrayerVigil for Peace” will be held. You are invited to stop by and light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden, then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 28, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are for your family. Bless Corey for service to our country. God Bless (Judy) Waconia
April 8, 2008
Tears of sadness will someday be tears of laughter as you remember yours and this Countries Hero, Sgt. Corey Rystad. Thank you Sgt. Corey Rystad for protecting our freedoms and I hope you rest peacefully HERO.
April 8, 2008
My deepest sympathy in the loss of this hero.
Patricia Melody
April 7, 2008
My heart goes out to you and your family! Thank you for raising such a brave man and soldier!
I have family in the military and I know it takes a certain kind of person to be a soldier!! So thank you again! And he will forever be missed but never forgotten!!

God Bless
Lindsey
April 3, 2008
To Sgt. Rystad's family and friends...

Please know that there are people who are thankful for Sgt. Rystad's service and dedication to our country. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you in his loving arms.
Heather
March 28, 2008
you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your service.
March 28, 2008
My husband is in the Military...Everyday that goes by, while he is in training, forces me to keep a close eye on the world, and whats going on in the world...I felt compelled to send you a big THANK YOU !!! and GOD BLESS all of you. Corey, among so many others have served their Country, and cannot be forgotten.
Lisa
March 27, 2008
Dear Family and Friends of Sgt. Corey Rystad:

I salute him. I thank him. I thank you for sharing him.

May God Bless each of you during this sad period and give you strength knowing he has found the ultimate peace.

Thank you.
Sharon
March 24, 2008
I am so sorry for the friends and family of a very brave man. Thank you Corey for serving our country.
Amy Johnson
March 24, 2008
My heart goes out to your family.
Michele
March 20, 2008
God Bless.........
Doug F
March 11, 2008
God Bless you for all you did for our freedom. You are in God's arms.
S D
February 27, 2008
Thank you for protecting our rights and freedoms. May God keep you and your loved ones beneath His everlasting arms and your survivors feel His everlasting Love as you are already there.
Sheryl Bachand
February 12, 2008
From one brother in arms to another, God Bless
Dennis USMC
dennis nawrot
January 31, 2008
Thank You for serving our country. God Bless you and your family.
Sandy
January 28, 2008
A HERO to SGT COREY RYSTAD,I salute you,you will always be remembered. may GOD bless and keep you all
JIM HALL
January 4, 2008
I want to express my deepest sympathy in your loss. I also want to thank you for protecting the freedom that we so often take for granted. May God bless your whole family.
Joni Hall
December 25, 2007
Thank You for serving our country. God Bless you and your family.
Jean Gray
December 20, 2007
Thank you.
Yvette
December 17, 2007
I can't believe it's been a year already. It seems like yesterday that I found out about you and Brian. May you both rest in peace.
Friend of SSG James M. Wosika Jr.
December 11, 2007
There are only two people who ever offered their lives for the benefit of others. One was Jesus of Nazareth and the other was Sgt. Corey Rystad. One died for the Soul and the other for Freedom. May G-d who never slumbers nor sleeps, strengthen the hearts and faiths of those who were close to Corey, protect and bless those who sacrifice themselves for others, and keep all of us ever mindful of our duty to love others as we have been loved.

With eternal gratitude that can never be expressed adequately with a few words,
Douglas and Gloria McDonald
December 10, 2007
Rystad Family,
Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to each one of you - in the loss of your son and brother. It has been a year - but we know that it continues to be very difficult. We grieve for you..
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
God's Peace, Chuck and Barb Wiener
Barb Wiener
December 3, 2007
Our continued thoughts and prayers out to the RYSTAD family.Knowing now what they have always known is one of many reasons that our HERO[ES] shall NEVER be forgotten.Rest well brother as prommissed that star spangled banner shall FOREVER wave.Your name stamped in steel shall be FOREVER clutched in the tallons.as your spirit FOREVER soars high in the skies in the symbol of our great nation..THANK..YOU..HO..YAAH..B.V.C.
Debbie , Kenny Coffey
December 2, 2007
My deepest thoughts are with Corey's family and friends for the ultimate loss.
Thank you to Corey for giving the ultimate gift of life to secure our freedom.
I will continue to pray for peace.
Kristine Riley
November 27, 2007
Words cannot express my gratefulness to your son who gave the ultimate sacrifice and all the other men and women who continue to fight for our freedom and that of others too. This seems like such a trite, overused statement, but I could not let this notice pass without acknowledging it and to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers always.
Peggy Gernes
November 19, 2007
THANK YOU!!! FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY !!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!
November 15, 2007
I will never forget what Sgt. Corey Rystad family lose so that we, Americans, can live in free and have what we all have in our everyday lives. My God Bless you all during this tough time and I am sorry for your loss. Thank you Corey for serving and protecting all of us that you don't know.
Kathy Hernandez
November 15, 2007
I miss you so much man, wish I could go back to our room in Fallujah and hang out with you again.
Pan
November 13, 2007
I can't think of what to say other than THANK YOU for the sacrifices you and your family have endured so that we can live in peace. You don't know me but still you gave your life for me and for that may God Bless You!
Ann S
November 13, 2007
Thank you and God bless you and keep you.
A vet of Vietnam and Cambodia
Rich Upton
November 10, 2007
May God wrap you in his arms and give you comfort and peace as you mourn the loss of your loved one. We must remember "Freedom" is not free. God bless you all.
Military Mom from (MN)
November 9, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Sean Kennedy
November 9, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 21, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Spc Rystad and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
August 3, 2007
To the family of Spc. Corey J. Rystad:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 27 May, 2007. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org
If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 12, 2007
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI

A PROUD MARINE MOM
Robyn Garside
April 5, 2007
“Soldier”
To Honor the Service of Our Fallen Soldiers

Soldiers write history, we pay the price
Many miles distant, you live the life
Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still

We hope and pray that all will find peace
In God, in the flag, in memories of valor
Gone now, our pride and courage you see
“An Army of One” our motto forever

Willing to risk all for love of our Brothers
We’re still Your Soldiers…and we showed the way
Our Lives too short, now pray for the others
Lived free died Heroes in lands far away

Deep within souls all cherished our Service
We’ll always have what some never know
Courage and Honor, our names forever
Lived life with purpose…just our time to go

We march in the Heavens with Honor and Glory
Missions accomplished we fought the Good Fight
Many years from now…we’ll tell the full story
Until that Day we will live in the Light

Our lives we laid down in a land far away
Still watching o’er you this night and by day
No need to talk…just know we are with you
There in your hearts and we hear what you pray

Yes we are your soldiers
Our lives we laid down
Still We guard o’er you
Still Duty bound

Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still
We’ll always have what some never know
Lived life with purpose…it was our time to go
Glen
January 29, 2007
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss, prayers that the Lord provide you comfort and peace, and our gratitude for the work, and sacrifice, of your hero. God Bless.
Lee Sirotnak
January 26, 2007
I AM SO DEEPLY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF COREY. I DIDN'T KNOW HIM, BUT I JUST LOST A FRIEND THAT WAS FRIENDS WITH COREY. MY HEART, THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS GO TO YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY. YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. MAY YOU FIND PEACE WITH MEMORIES OF COREY. GOD ONLY CALLS THE BEST HOME. COREY YOU ARE FOREVER HOME.

GOD BLESS ALL AMERICAN SOLDIERS FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURES. THANK YOU SO MUCH
KATIE
January 23, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Rystad family in the loss of Corey. I did not know Corey, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Cory you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
January 3, 2007
Rystad Family & Friends: I am so very sorry about the loss of your most special loved one & America's Hero. I wanted to send you a card as soon as I heard about this loss, but couldn't find an address so the card sits here still. I was very saddened & my heart went out to you immediately. My 2 nephews are in the same area & am sure they knew Corey. All those folks in Iraq are "tight" & would give their life for their bro/sis in arms, so I'm sure Corey was the same way. Their courage & their valor is something most ordinary people cannot comprehend including me. I pay tribute to Corey & I am so appreciative of his service. God Bless You All
Pat L
January 2, 2007
God bless you in this time of need. Spc Rystad is a great American and will never be forgotten. Keep your heads up and you will see him again.
Bernie
December 28, 2006
my sincere sympathy to the rystad family in the tragic loss of corey in iraq. our young people should not be dying when they are beginning to live their lives. the courage of our youth is unbelievable. i pray that you find peace in the love and faith of family and friends to help you through this very difficult time.
marsha krahn
December 27, 2006
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