Naming U.S. 19 for Sutton a fitting honor


An effort to have the stretch of U.S. Highway 19 in Lee County named in memory of the late Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton is one that local officials should pursue.

Sutton was the embodiment of the word hero, losing his life in Afghanistan in the service of our nation. Recognition such as this will do nothing to bring him back to his loved ones, but it would demonstrate in a highly public way the respect and admiration we all have for a man who sacrificed his life for his country, and for sacrifices of the wife and family who loved him.

While we’re sure there are legal issues that have to be cleared before something like this can happen, we hope that Lee County officials will quickly take the first step and explore the possibility. A number of Southwest Georgia highways — and many others in Georgia — bear the names of various people who have made a difference. It’s difficult to imagine anyone who has made more of a difference — or who is more deserving of an honor such as this — than a young Marine who has died in combat defending America.

Whether this can be accomplished by the May 26 anniversary of Sutton’s death — the target date for the dedication sought by the group formed by retired Marine Master Sgt. James Freundschuh — is unknown. As with most matters involving government, there is likely red tape and procedures to be navigated.

But Lee County officials should give this suggestion the weight it deserves and do all that they can to make this dedication happen. Sutton’s great sacrifice — and the sacrifice of his wife and family — should always be remembered. He deserves this honor.


Thurman 2 years, 8 months ago

What would happen if Lee County took the initiative to place signage along the highway naming the highway for Lcp Sutton? The highway would still be US 19 no matter with or without the signage. Who would dare take the signs down? And if they did, put them right back up again.


Russ 2 years, 8 months ago

Probably the same thing that happened when the Albany City Commission took the initiative to rename Jefferson St years ago. I believe that was eventually put to rest due to the fact Jefferson St. was also a state highway, and therefore could not be changed just because the City thought it should be. Now, honorary signage on a US highway is a bit different, but the basic concept is the same. The only initiative Lee County should take is what I think they are doing now...petitioning the proper powers-that-be to have the signage included. That would be honoring the fallen Marine in a proper way, as that is following the rule of law, one of the many great things about this nation that he proudly served to protect.


FryarTuk 2 years, 8 months ago

"That would be honoring the fallen Marine in a proper way, as that is following the rule of law, one of the many great things about this nation that he proudly served to protect." So let it be written, so let it be done the right way. I support honoring the the hero by naming the road after him.


SlingShot 2 years, 8 months ago

Why not name it "THE HEROS HIGHWAY" in honor of all who have sacrificed for this country. I also have 2 friends, one died the other crippled for life, who need to be honored.


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