Route 4 through Chatham Designated U.S. Army Corporal James “Chad” Young Memorial Highway

The sacrifice of Corporal James “Chad” Young of Chatham was honored in his home community today as the section of Illinois Route 4 that runs through the village was officially designated  the U.S. Army Corporal James “Chad” Young Memorial Highway. The dedication ceremony was attended by Corporal Young’s family, Chatham Village President Dave Kimsey and State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.

“Corporal Young is a true hometown hero, and his sacrifice will be honored and remembered,” said Representative Jimenez. “I was proud to sponsor House Joint Resolution 74 that proclaims this official memorial highway designation. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Corporal Young’s family and friends.”

Corporal Young was a Springfield, IL native who graduated from Glenwood High School in Chatham in 2003. He joined the United States Army in 2004 and was serving his second tour in Afghanistan when he was killed in the line of duty in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on November 10, 2010.

“Chatham is a community that honors and respects all those who have worn the uniform of our country. Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms deserve an honored place in our country. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Corporal Young than to designate Illinois Route 4 through the Village of Chatham in his name,” said Chatham Village President Dave Kimsey.

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