A Brown County bridge now bears the name of a marine who died in Afghanistan more than three years ago, after Gov. Mike Pence dedicated the bridge Monday.
Hundreds of people gathered to honor Sergeant Jeremy McQueary who died two months before he was scheduled to come home to his wife Rae and their infant son.
Rae McQueary says she plans to walk along the bridge with her son when he grows up to remind him of his father.
“Since my husband has passed it’s been a goal of mine personally to keep his memory and story alive, so this is something that gives us a great opportunity to do that,” she says.
In a speech, Pence recognized McQueary’s service. But he says the most fitting tribute is not dedicating a bridge.
“It’s about rededicating ourselves to ensuring that those who serve today have the resources and support and training they need to get the job done and come home safe to their families,” he says.
McQueary served three tours overseas, including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.