Apr 29, 2013 11:21 PM
In the year since his life was cut short while fighting in Afghanistan, Montgomery County has taken on the task of keeping the memory alive of Private First Class Dustin Gross. That will continue this weekend as a stretch of highway will be re-named after the soldier.
"Very, very honored. I know Dustin would be just... words can't express really," says his mother, Angie Brown.
The Montgomery County soldier served just 42 days in Afghanistan when he was killed by a roadside bomb last May. In the year since his death the community has rallied around the fallen native son.
"This community is a good loving community. They give their all. If they hear of something going on in this community everybody chips in and does what part they can so that's part of it," says Brown.
Care packages have been sent to soldiers overseas as part of "Operation Dustin Gross" and a memorial already stands at the elementary school Gross attended. Now the portion of roadway from the Camargo city limits to the Jeffersonville city limits will be just another reminder for his family of how many lives their son touched.
"Some days will probably be hard you know passing the sign and looking at it and knowing the reality of it, what it's here for. But in another sense we are so honored by it," says Brown.
A sign renaming the portion of highway 460 after Dustin Gross will be unveiled Saturday at noon during a ceremony at Camargo Elementary School in Mount Sterling.