Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Bill allows interchange to be named for soldier

Joshua TOMLINSONLocal elected officials are working to honor one of the parish's most recent heroes by naming an interchange in his memory.

District 10 Rep. Gene Reynolds has introduced a bill that will name the interchange after fallen soldier Sgt. Joshua Tomlinson, and Sen. Robert Adley aims to see it through his side of the legislature.

"There is a lot of support for naming Dubberly/Minden exit on I-20 and Hwy. 531 after Josh Tomlinson," Reynolds said. "The bill has passed through committee and Senator Adley is going to pick it up and support it once it is in the senate."

Sgt. Joshua Abram Tomlinson, a 2004 Lakeside High School graduate, was one of five Americans killed May 18, 2010 by a roadside bomb, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany, 24 year-old Tomlinson was the lowest ranking and youngest soldier of the five. He deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2009.

With the passing of this bill, both Minden exits will be named after two of Minden's most notable fallen soldiers of Operation Enduring Freedom.
I-20 intersection with U.S. 371 at exit 47 was named "Sgt. Joshua B. Madden Interchange."

Adley has said that fewer than 10 percent of Americans are veterans and Louisiana has more men and women in uniform per capita than any other state.

"We can never forget those men and women that fought for a few feet of ground in a corn field, or a few feet on a rocky hill, or a few feet of waves, or a few feet in a rice paddy or even a few feet of desert sand," he said at the ribbon cutting of the Madden interchange. "We can never forget them. We should show the love and respect to every family that has lost a hero for this nation."

Reynolds has spoken about his respect for young people like Madden and Tomlinson and feels naming the interchanges after local heroes is the least that can be done to honor their sacrifices.






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