A Penny for Ryane
(New London MN-)   
 
 
 
 
...That was from the song "A Penny For Ryane" by Dan Kallevig, about the life of Ryane Clark, a New London-Spicer graduate who joined the Army and was killed in Afghanistan 10 years ago October 4th.  It's also the name of a book written by Evy Hatjistilianos of Spicer.   Evy says she's been a hospice volunteer for many years, and a writer her whole life and felt a calling to make a book about a local hero... 
 
 
...With the help of her husband, Evy made contact with Ryane's parents, Rick and Tracy Clark of rural New London and told them about her idea.   Rick and Tracy gave her the green light...
 
 
 
...Evy says the book is really an adult book in childrens' clothing.   It was illustrated by her great-niece, Sasha Thorson, and helps broach some adult subjects to kids in a tender way...
 
 
 
...The name of the book, A Penny For Ryane, comes from the tradition of leaving coins at a soldier's grave.   Anyone can leave a penny.   You can leave a nickle if you went to basic training with the soldier, a dime if you served with him or her, and a quarter if you with there when the soldier was killed.  There is a quarter on Ryane's grave, from Matthew Gardiner who served with Ryane and visited The Clarks earlier this month on the 10th anniversary of the attack.  The book A Penny For Ryane is available at Millpond Mercantile in New London, and on the website A Penny for Ryane.   You can hear the song by Dan Kallevig by searching for A Penny for Ryane on You Tube.