DVIDS – Pictures – Highway dedicated to Illinois Army National Guard First Lieutenant Jared Southworth [Image 33 of 42]

Kim Southworth speaks of her son's love for the community during a dedication ceremony July 6 as a section of State Highway 133 through Oakland, Illinois, was named 1st Lt. Jared W. Southworth Highway. The dedication ceremony in the small southern town was attended by Southworth's family and friends, including more than a dozen of those who served with Jared in the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard. Jared, who was also an Oakland police officer, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Feb. 8, 2009. Jared lived his life by the motto “God, family and country.” He was a member of Oakland Christian Church and a devoted husband, father, son and brother. “This is an example of small town America honoring one of our own,” said Kim Southworth, Jared's mother. “Jared loved this community.” Kim recalled how people lined the roads from the airport to the cemetery on the cold winter day Jared came home. “Thank you for the love and compassion you have shown our family.” The highway was dedicated to Jared after Reps. Adam Niemerg, Chris Miller and Chapin Rose sponsored a bill that passed just before Memorial Day. Linda Tabor, a friend and neighbor of the Southworths, helped pass the bill and organized the dedication ceremony.

Date taken: 07.06.2024
Release Date: 07.06.2024 21:26
Photo ID: 8516331
VIRIN: 240706-A-OH563-8423
Resolution: 2532×2108
Size: 1.17MB

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