TROY - The meaning of Veterans Day hit home harder than usual Monday in Troy as a fallen soldier was honored.

At Memorial Auditorium, the Troy Intermediate School held the 2012 Veterans Day Program. There, on a large screen on stage, a video produced by the Digital Media Club showed photographs of numerous veterans who were relatives and friends of people in the area.

Among those was a Troy native who recently was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, 22, of Campbell, N.Y., a Troy native, died of wounds suffered Nov. 3, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Paktia province, Afghanistan, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

"We included him because we wanted that personal connection with the students here," said Troy Visual Arts and Digital Media Instructor Wayne Beeman. He noted that a female student who is a cousin of Jayne provided the photo.

"The teachers here knew who he was, and they obviously feel very saddened by the whole thing because it hits closer to home."

In previous interview, Jayne's aunt, Kathy Pine Close, called Jayne a "Troy boy," noting that he was raised in Troy until about the time he was in middle school, when his family moved.

His mother is Sherry Pine Skeens, his stepfather is Kent Skeens, and his father is Paul Jayne.

In an email, Close said the 22-year-old, who was her sister's son, was "a very special young man" who "always had a smile on his face."

"He enjoyed life to its fullest and was looking forward to getting married and having children some day," she said. "He would have been a great husband and daddy. Ryan was very family-oriented and was the Dallas Cowboys No. 1 fan! The family is very proud of Ryan and his service to our country. He will be greatly missed."

On Monday, Close added, "We are finalizing plans for a candlelight service honoring my nephew, SPC Ryan P. Jayne. The service is to be held at Alparon Park in Troy on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m."

"We will be gathering at the flagpole on the football field. I would love it if we could fill the football field."

Currently, plans are being finalized for the service.

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