Street signed named in honor of Marine Captain John McKenna IV
The Town of Clifton Park pays tribute to a fallen hero. YNN's Beth Croughan has more on how they are honoring Marine Captain John McKenna.
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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- As cars passed closely, a group of men continued their conversation at the base of this street sign. They came to Clifton Park because they had the honor of knowing the man whose name is posted above them.
"He was an excellent Marine, he was a Marine Officer, he always took care of his guys," said Retired Marine Sergeant Christopher Hale.
While taking care of one of his guys, Marine Captain John McKenna IV was shot and killed in Iraq. The state trooper died on August 16th, 2006.
Sunday, the Clifton Park Town Board dedicated a street in his honor. Now, a small street leading to stores just off of Crescent Road is called John J. Mckenna IV Way.
"It's a very small token of our appreciation for what this hero has done for our country," said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett.
While how he died is a testament to how McKenna lived, his father sees the sign as more of a chance to remind than remember. "So we don't try to keep John's memory alive. Everybody will remember him. What we try to do is keep his spirit alive. And what is that spirit. That's enthusiasm, and his love of country, and his love of his companions," said John McKenna III.
A spirit kept alive Sunday, as stories are shared around a street sign; a street sign you may soon drive by. "People that may ask who is that and someone should tell the story. And that's what we should do, we should tell the story about our heroes," said McKenna III.