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New pedestrian bridge named after Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss

An announcement ceremony for the bridge was held at Gibbs High School.
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 4:50 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 1:17 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A new pedestrian bridge will be named after Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.

Sgt. Knauss was one of the thirteen service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, back in August.

He was a Knoxville native and graduated from Gibbs High School.

The announcement ceremony for the bridge took place at Gibbs High School on Nov. 8. Several city leaders like Knox County Mayor Glen Jacobs and U.S. Representative for Tennessee Tim Burchett participated in the ceremony.

President Biden awarded all 13 service members a posthumous Purple Heart for their service.

Knauss was 23-years-old when he died and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

WVLT News spoke with Wayne Knauss, Ryan’s grandfather, moments after he and his wife landed at McGhee Tyson Airport after the service. The couple wanted to thank the Knoxville community for all the outpouring of support they received over the past few weeks.

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