Mt. Sterling soldier honored with memorial highway

MT. STERLING, Ky. (WKYT) - He died serving his country, now his community is honoring his heroism.

A portion of US 460 in Montgomery County is now named for Private First Class Dustin Gross. The 19-year-old was killed last May by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. The "PFC Dustin Gross Memorial Highway" runs 1.4 miles from Camargo to Jeffersonville.

Gross' mother says today was just another reminder of the love and support this community has shown her and her family since he was killed last year.

"If you knew him personally, he would just have his chest stuck out you know, he would be in awe," Angie Brown said.

The emotional event was attended by several hundred people. Many of then rode to the ceremony on motorcycles as part of a the Patriot Guard Riders.

"We're honored by it. It's going to be a sad feeling, it's going to be hard. Some days it's going to be a proud feeling, some days it's nothing but crying the whole way home, but proud," Brown said.

Transportation officials say those signs are scheduled to go up on in the coming days.

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