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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Section of Rt. 14A renamed in honor of fallen soldier

  • A section of a state road in the area where Christopher J. Scott grew up will be renamed in the fallen soldier’s honor.

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  • A section of a state road in the area where Christopher J. Scott grew up will be renamed in the fallen soldier’s honor.
    A 9.5-mile section of State Route 14A in Schuyler and Yates counties will be dedicated as the Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway. The designation was approved Tuesday by the state Legislature.
    Spc. Scott, 21, was killed Sept. 3, 2011, when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. At least nine local servicemen have been killed in the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    The memorial highway will begin in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County, where State Route 14A branches off from State Route 14. It will end at the northern edge of the Dundee, Yates County, near Hillside Cemetery where Scott is buried. The memorial highway follows a section of the route that took Scott to his final resting place.
    State Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, sponsored the dedication legislation. They said the highway designation honors Scott’s memory and pays tribute to his life and service.
    “Christopher made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his country,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. “He stood courageously in defense of our freedoms, and we’re proud to help remember Christopher’s life and pay tribute to his service.”
    U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., are attempting to honor Scott by having the Tyrone post office named in his honor. Scott graduated from Dundee Central School, but he also spent time growing up in Tyrone.
    “Dedicating a memorial highway to Spc. Christopher Scott is another way for us to remember his bravery and sacrifice,” Reed said.

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