The John Ryan Dennison Memorial Fund was created by the Dennison family and friends through The Community Foundation of Frederick County to support the design, construction and maintenance of a memorial project honoring Captain John Ryan Dennison and other Frederick County residents who have lost their lives in the wars on terrorism. This memorial will be dedicated to the men and women who voluntarily served and sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Copy and paste this link: http://on.fb.me/13PIM9b into your browser to follow this project on Facebook.
The integrity of a life well-lived was inherent in all Ryan Dennison did. As a young man at Urbana High School, Ryan’s commitment to academic excellence and his dedication to making a difference in the lives of others were beaming examples to everyone. From academic distinction, to outstanding participation in sports, to his volunteer work with Big Brothers, Ryan was a positive role model. It was no surprise, then, when Ryan followed his family’s military tradition by attending West Point. As a 2004 West Point graduate, he proudly served The United States of America as a platoon leader and a member of Task Force Lightning. Simply put, Army Captain Ryan Dennison exemplified the West Point motto of Duty, Honor, and Country throughout his life. Tragically, Ryan’s bright future was cut short on November 15, 2006, when he died at the age of 24 courageously serving his country in Iraq. To honor Ryan’s memory, his family and friends established The John Ryan Dennison Memorial Fund to support the design, construction and maintenance of a memorial project honoring Captain John Ryan Dennison.