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Two Soldiers Remembered by Highway Dedications

ORWIGSBURG — Two parts of a highway in Schuylkill County were dedicated Friday to honor two hometown heroes. There are two new signs meant to honor vetera...

ORWIGSBURG -- Two parts of a highway in Schuylkill County were dedicated Friday to honor two hometown heroes.

There are two new signs meant to honor veterans of Orwigsburg.

Part of Route 443 in Orwigsburg is now dedicated to Cpl. David Heiser who was just 22 when he died during the Vietnam War in 1969. His medics platoon was ambushed.

And part of Route 61 in West Brunswick Township is dedicated to Capt. Jason Jones, who died just last year while serving in his second tour in Afghanistan. He was 29 years old.

"It's very important. I think we need to remember our military," said Rep. Jerry Knowles, (R) 124th District.

Among the classmates, family, and friends of both soldiers on hand, the day might mean the most to Cpl. Heiser's mother Joan who's been waiting a long time for this.

"It means a lot because it took 46 years to have them remember my son that died in Vietnam," Joan Moier said. "It's a hard day but I'm proud of my son, very proud."

"I think it's been long overdue," added Rich Moier, Cpl. Heiser's brother. "It was 1969, but they say good things take time."

For the family of Capt. Jason jones, having this honor is just another way to honor this fallen soldier's legacy.

"Having this sign, I'll always wink at him driving by and everybody will remember. It's so special the community did this," said Suzy Jones, the mother of Capt. Jones.