By Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) - A stretch of highway in western Michigan has been named in honor of a soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

WOOD-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1SRGot3 ) a three-mile section of Michigan 37 in Newaygo County near White Cloud was designated as “Brian Derks Memorial Highway” during a dedication ceremony Saturday.

The sign declaring the road is the Brian Derks Memorial Highway that is visible from the southbound lanes was placed in the yard of Derks’ uncle at his family’s request. Boy Scouts raised the money for the sign.

Derks was a White Cloud native. He was 21 years old when he was killed while on patrol in Baghdad in August 2005.

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Information from: WOOD-TV, https://www.woodtv.com

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