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Proposal to Honor Local Hero Signed into Law, Says Day
HARRISBURG – Under legislation signed by the governor on July 10, Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Van Parys’s legacy and sacrifice to the United States will be forever remembered by having a section of Route 309 North in Lehigh County named in his memory, said Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks), who authored the naming legislation.

“Forever remembering Brandon’s dedication to our country and his noble sacrifice is now on the books as a state law,” said Day. “By renaming this portion of Route 309 in his memory, we will be reminded of his unwavering commitment to the cause of liberty and freedom.”

Van Parys, a Marine formerly from New Tripoli, was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Anbar province, Iraq, on Feb. 5, 2007. At the time, his unit was attempting to secure an area along the Euphrates River. A 2005 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, he was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The section of Route 309 North in Lynn Township to be renamed will be from the intersections of Northwest Road and Long Court and Mosserville Road and Mountain Road.

Day hosted Van Parys’ family in the state House in March, when the legislation first passed the House. Those surviving family members include 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.

To view Day’s video comments from this March when the legislation passed the House, click here.

The legislation is now Act 21 of 2015.

Representative Gary Day
187th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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