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Naming road after Rochford soldier would keep his memory alive, dad says
THE father of a Rochford soldier killed in action in Afghanistan has welcomed a call for the country’s heroes to have roads named after them.
Aaron Lewis was fatally wounded serving his country in Helmand Province in December 2008.
His father Barry Lewis, 63, says naming a road after him would recognise his sacrifice and keep his memory alive.
He spoke after a Labour shadow minister called for councils to re-name streets in honour of fallen servicemen and women.
Mr Lewis said: “It’s a good idea. Anything to keep the memory of these people alive is a lovely thing.
“I’d be very grateful. It’s a really, really nice gesture. My wife would be really pleased.
“It puts importance on his life. We know he tried to make a difference and it’s nice that it’s recognised.
“He gave his life to try to make a difference. It would mean an awful lot.”
The Government supports a suggestion from Shadow Defence Secretary, Labour MP Jim Murphy that local authorities rename streets in honour of war heroes killed in the line of duty.
Developers suggest names for new roads in Rochford district, but Rochford District Council has said it may suggest they use the names of servicemen killed in action.
Terry Cutmore, the Leader of Rochford District Council, said: “Although street naming in the district is led by developers, councillors can make suggestions.
“In this instance, if the family are happy for us to do so, then we would definitely suggest to developers that this is something they may want to consider.”