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Bill to Name Highway for Fallen New Tripoli Marine Gains Committee Approval, Day Says
HARRISBURG – Legislation honoring a New Tripoli Marine who was killed in Iraq in 2007 has reached an important first step in the process of becoming law, said Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks), who sponsored the legislation renaming part of Route 309 North in Lynn Township, Lehigh County, in memory of Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Van Parys.

The legislation, House Bill 2272, was unanimously reported out of the House Transportation Committee today. It now goes to the full House for consideration.

“Lance Corporal Van Parys heroically paid the supreme sacrifice for the country he loved,” Day said. “He was a true patriot, being motivated to join the Marines by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. I am hopeful that whenever anyone travels along Route 309, they will remember Lance Corporal Van Parys and be reminded of the sacrifice he made so that we may all enjoy the freedoms he helped to protect.”

On Feb. 5, 2007, in Anbar province, Iraq, Van Parys was tragically killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while his unit was attempting to secure an area along the Euphrates River. Van Parys, who was 20 at the time of his death, was a 2005 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School and was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

For his service and sacrifice to his country, Van Parys was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his father, Alan; his wife, Tammy; his mother, Catherine Hearn and her husband, Gregory; his brothers, Christopher Van Parys, Daniel Van Parys, Samuel Hearn and Jesse Hearn; and his sister, Ashley Hearn.

Under the proposal, the portion of Route 309 North in Lynn Township to memorialize Van Parys will include the highway between the intersections of Northwest Road and Long Court and Mosserville Road and Mountain Road.

Van Parys is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Representative Gary Day
187th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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