Image courtesy: Pfc. David Hauk, U.S. Army. Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 12, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Highway sign dedicated to fallen Marine

My friend and former CNN colleague Mike Gertzman sent me a link to this good story from Newnan, Georgia's The Times-Herald today.

Saturday was the fifth anniversary of Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffery Steven Blanton's death in Iraq. In the fallen Marine's honor, a sign on a local highway has been renamed the Jeffery Steven Blanton Memorial Highway. Here is a link to the Georgia General Assembly's proclamation.

This brave Marine insisted on going back to his unit after losing three toes because of a gunshot wound, and ultimately wound up giving his life for his country. While his family still mourns his tragic death, it must be encouraging for them to see his sacrifice being remembered so prominently, five years later. According to the Assembly's announcement, he is buried very close to my town. I plan to visit the cemetery to say thanks.

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