- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The city of East Peoria plans to honor a veteran who died in Afghanistan with a street sign.

The Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1ud2vjD) that the sign honoring Staff Sgt. Paul Smith will be unveiled Saturday during a Veterans Day parade. Smith died in 2009 when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Another soldier was killed and two others were seriously injured.

The sign will go up on the street where he grew up and where his family still lives. The 3-foot long sign will read “In loving memory of SSG Paul Smith” and will stay in place for three years.

It’s the first sign to be erected as part of the city’s new street-naming program. Commissioner Dan Decker says the city is recognizing those who have lost their lives.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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