Friday, November 16, 2012

New York National Guardsman's tribute goes viral

Local soldier tribute goes 'viral'
Updated: Thursday, 15 Nov 2012
Jacquie Walker

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - When News 4 posted pictures on and our Facebook pages of Western New Yorkers who have served and are serving in our nation's military as a Veteran's Day tribute we had no idea that one of those photos would go 'viral.'

The mother of Specialist Ian J. Yannantouno sent us his photo with a brief note that explained he had a very tentative start in life. Ian was born two months premature and not given much chance of survival. But now, Heidi Schwartz told News 4's Jacquie Walker, he is healthy and strong, he chose to enlist in the Army National Guard , and will celebrate his 21st birthday Friday while serving in Afghanistan.
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