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Ceremony to honor soldier Jacob Samuel Fletcher to be held
The dedication ceremony to rename a Suffolk County road in North Babylon in honor of a fallen serviceman will be held Thursday, after being postponed by superstorm Sandy.
Deer Park Avenue (County Road 34) from Village Line Road to its junction with Route 231 will be renamed Army Spc. Jacob Samuel Fletcher Avenue. The ceremony was originally scheduled for Nov. 14.
Fletcher, 28, was a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade who was killed in 2003 when explosives struck a bus in which he was riding near the town of Samarra, Iraq.
Fletcher, who was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, was one of the first Americans to land in Iraq after the U.S. invasion and was the second Long Islander to die in the war.
Fletcher was raised in Babylon Village and graduated from Babylon High School.
The legislation to rename the road was sponsored by Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills).
“It is my honor to sponsor this legislation naming a portion of County Road 34 in Babylon in loving memory of a true American hero,” Stern said in a news release. “Jacob answered the call of duty and in the most dangerous conditions and through the most challenging circumstances, thought not only of his duty to country but of his fellow servicemen and women. I have had the distinct honor of working with his mother, Dorine Kenney, who continues her beloved son’s legacy through service to others.”
Kenney formed Jacob’s Light Foundation, which sends boxes of supplies to soldiers every month.
“I am very grateful that Leg. Stern continues to remember my son Jacob,” Kenney said in the statement. “He has supported my son’s foundation from the beginning and it means so much to me to have a street named for Jacob to keep his memory alive.”
Fletcher’s father, Marlowe Fletcher, also a veterans advocate, died Nov. 9.
The ceremony will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Deer Park Avenue and Village Line Road.