Seven years ago on July 18th, Specialist Zachary Clouser was killed in combat in Iraq. He was 19.
The day doesn’t get easier for his family and friends as time passes.
“It’s very painful,” says his cousin, Army Pfc. Amanda Turner. “I was pretty much a wreck all day.”
But the community of Dover, York County rallies to recognize it with them every year.
This year, crowds turned out to dedicate a memorial bridge in his name on West Canal Road. Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) sponsored the bill to name the bridge after Clouser.
“Everybody that travels this bridge now will be able to see his name on both sides,” says his stepfather Ron Etheridge. “And that right there is worth its weight in gold.”
Clouser’s loved ones also lit candles for a vigil.
“When I think of Zach, I think about his big heart,” says Turner. “He would do anything for anybody, even if it was just a slight smile on their face that he would put on it. You can’t explain him just by words.”