Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood died during combat duty in Afghanistan at just 19-years-old. He loved his family, friends, fiance, and the outdoors. According to Illinois State Senate GOP, he earned many rewards.

Lance Cpl. Catherwood earned many personal service awards, including the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Korean Defense Service Medal.

Lance Cpl. Catherwood's memory will live forever after a group of Illinois lawmakers lobbied for Senate Joint Resolution 34.

Three northwestern Illinois lawmakers – State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) and State Rep. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) – sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 34 to designate the portion of Illinois Route 72 from the south side of the bridge in Byron to the Ogle/DeKalb County line as “Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood Memorial Road.”

Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood's bravery and ultimate sacrifice is unrepayable, this honor is a way to keep his name remembered forever and a great way to share his story and his selflessness.

“It is truly an honor to rename a portion of IL Route 72 after Lance Cpl. Alec Catherwood, who dedicated his life to serving our country bravely,” said Rep. Stewart. “This is a small tribute to his memory even though no action could ever fully repay him or his family for making the ultimate sacrifice.”

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