MILFORD, Ky. (WKYT) - Sergeant Jeremy Summers grew up here in Bracken County along Highway 19. Now, that highway will bear his name.
"Every time people come down this little part of the road, they're going to see his name engraved on a little green piece of tin but it's going to mean something," said his father, Mike Summers.
Sgt. Summers was killed in July 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. He's buried at Battle Grove Cemetery in Cynthiana.
"Jeremy always said, 'Dad, you're my hero,'. The last time I saw him alive, I said, 'No, I'm not your hero Jeremy. You're my hero," said Mike Summers.
Mike Summers, also a veteran, says Sgt. Summers wasn't comfortable with the attention that comes with the uniform.
"Jeremy would come home and say, 'Dad I came through the airport and people was just praising me and wanting to shake my hand,' He said, 'You know, it embarasses me. What do I do?" said Mike Summers.
Even though he didn't want the spotlight, his parents say this sign will serve to remind everyone who passes it of the sacrifices veterans have made for our country.
"I hope when they see Sergeant Jeremy Summers, they'll stop and think there's a lot of veterans out there who deserve that pat on the back," said Sgt. Summers' mother, Laura Summers.
Sergeant Jeremy R. Summers Memorial Highway will run along Highway 19 from Milford, KY to the Bracken/Harrison County line.
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