Courtesy: William R. Wilson III facebook page
AMHERST, NY-Drivers along an Amherst highway will now have a permanent reminder of a local soldier who gave his life for his country.
Monday the I-990 was ceremoniously renamed the "Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway".
Wilson, 27, was killed in action in the Paktika Province in Afghanistan in March, 2012. Known as "Billy" to his friends and family, the Williamsville North grad was there to train Afghan soldiers and police to take over the country's security. He also served two combat deployments to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Wilson was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. he also received the National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, as well as the Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.
The bill to rename the roadway was sponsored by State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Raymond Walter.