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FRENCH CREEK -

A man from Upshur County was recognized for his service in World War II.

Bridges and highways get named for veterans or citizens of importance in a community. It was the scene Saturday for a veteran who was the 12th person from Upshur County to give his life in the service during World War II.

Cpl Sherald P. Brady enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941, was sent to England in June 1942, and was sent to Africa in March 1943. Brady served with the Army's 4th Ranger Battalion which landed in Sicily, Italy and was killed in action in July 1943. He was awarded a Purple Heart. He is buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.

"It is our honor and privilege as the Upshur County Honor Guard to dedicate this. This is 22nd bridge we have dedicated for veterans," said Larry Brown, VFW Post 3663 Commander.

Despite umbrellas in hand and passing rain, people still came out for the dedication. The small bridge in French Creek is now named the Cpl Sherald P. Brady U.S. Army Memorial Bridge. It's located off Route 20.

Delegate Bill Hamilton (R) 39th District said the West Virginia Legislature have passed approximately 92 road memorial or bridge memorial resolutions this year.

"The VFW when they bring these requests to me I think it's the right thing to do to name a bridge or roadway in their honor for the fact they've given the ultimate sacrifice the fact we can do what we can do today," said Hamilton.

Lyla Goodnight belongs to a family of five sisters and four brothers, three of them were soldiers. She said this was blessing to see this recognition of her brother.

"I just that its wonderful that those who have done so much are recognized for what they did, and I think its a real blessing to dedicate a little something in his memory," said Goodnight.