Hero’s designation, bridge dedication, fit for fallen Marine

The word hero is overused in our world of hyperbole these days.

But that’s not the case with the late Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard, a local Marine killed July 2010 when the vehicle in which he was traveling was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Howard shielded others, saving many of those involved from injury and death.

That description makes many other hero descriptions seem trivialized.

On Saturday, the recently completed DuBoistown Bridge was named the Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard Memorial Bridge in recognition of Howard’s heroism.

In coming decades, thousands of motorists will drive over the bridge, some aware of the origins of the name, others not; some local residents, some out-of-town visitors.

All they need to know is the name stands for all the veterans from our nation who have served in harm’s way over centuries to preserve and nourish freedom here and elsewhere and protect these United States.

All they need to know is that Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard lived up to the code of military dedication as much as anyone who has ever put on a military uniform.