Updated 08/07/2012 11:06 PM
Stretch of Highway Renamed After Sgt. Devin Snyder
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The Village of Cohocton is a patriotic place that will never forget its hometown hero.
"To have this honor today is just really good, really nice," said Ed Snyder.
It's an emotional day for Ed and Dineen Snyder. Today is their daughter Army Sgt. Devin Snyder's birthday. Snyder was killed June of last year while serving in Afghanistan.
"I always told her she would do great things. She never really believed me," said Dineen, Devin's mom.
Snyder's sacrifice still leaves a lasting impact on her community. Tuesday evening, dozens came out to Snyder's former workplace at the Lawrence Parks Recreation Area to celebrate the unveiling of the Sgt. Devin Snyder Memorial Highway.
"We live right behind where that signs going to be on 390. We drive that all the time. That is just great, just something that ought to happen more with a lot of people in this country," said Henry Deleo, Cohocton resident.
This summer Governor Cuomo signed legislation to rename a stretch of Interstate 390 between the Cohocton and Wayland exits, after Snyder.
"The fact that we had 12 of these signed by the Governor right before the 4th of July this year is certainly a testament to the sacrifices that are continuing to be made by our service men and women on a daily basis," said Thomas O'Mara, (R) NYS Senate.
Snyder's sign will be placed right above her grave site that's tucked just off Loon Lake Rd in Cohocton.
"Our Town Supervisor, the Mayor, the politicians that really helped pull this off, thank you. You know our daughter will live on," said Dineen.
Snyder was the first female soldier in Western New York to die in the War in Afghanistan. Her sign will go up Wednesday morning, and family hope it will serve as a constant symbol of sacrifice.
"The thousands of people that pass, they'll know her name," said Dineen.