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September 13 09:18 AM

Interchange commemorates fallen hero


MINDEN, La.—The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) honored fallen hero Sgt. Joshua Tomlinson at a dedication ceremony naming the interchange at Interstate 20 and Louisiana Highway 531 as the Sgt. Joshua Tomlinson Interchange.

DOTD Assistant Secretary of Operations Rhett Desselle was joined by members of Sgt. Tomlinson’s family along with state and local officials for the ceremonial dedication.

A Dubberly native, Tomlinson was killed in active duty on May 18, 2010, while serving during Operating Enduring Freedom. Dedicating the interchange to Sgt. Tomlinson recognizes the sacrifice he made for his country as well as the state of Louisiana.

The memorial interchange, initiated by House Bill 486, was authored by Rep. Gene Reynolds.

“I am honored to be here as we come together on a day that immortalizes our freedom as Americans. The dedication of the I-20 and Louisiana 531 interchange is a fitting honor as it memorializes and recognizes the ongoing price Americans pay for our liberty,” said Desselle.

“This sign, memorializing a portion of I –20, reminds us of Sgt. Joshua Tomlinson’s commitment to h is country. It is our duty to honor Josh and all of our fallen veterans by remembering what they did and why they did it,” said Sen. Robert Adley. “A good soldier does not fight because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. On this historic day in American history, may we never forget those who have fought for our freedom and the loved ones left behind.”

Rep. Gene Reynolds said, “Sgt. Josh Tomlinson was a student at Lakeside High School, where I was principal. He will always be that student with a smile and character that we would like from all our children. We now honor Sgt. Tomlinson for his service and sacrifice with this tribute that will keep his memory alive forever.”

Sgt. Tomlinson was one of five soldiers killed in the line of duty as a result of a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was 24 when he died.

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