A Dover bridge will be renamed for a local soldier who died in Iraq.

The Friday evening bridge dedication and memorial vigil will be held at the intersection of West Canal Road and Municipal Road to honor Spc.

Zachary Clouser, 19, who died in Iraq on July 18, 2007, when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle.

Beginning with a dedication at 7 p.m., the bridge will be renamed as the Specialist Zachary R. Clouser Memorial Bridge.

State Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover, will lead the vigil and bridge dedication, which is the result of a bill he authored.

Signed into law on May 14, House Bill 1431 names four local bridges and a traffic circle after four fallen soldiers and one police officer from York County. They all lived in the communities where bridges and roads will bear their names.

"These men are from my generation, sacrificing their lives for the greater good. This is just a little give-back," Grove said.

Earlier this month, a bridge on Route 116 in Spring Grove was renamed the Specialist Cameron J. Stambaugh Memorial Bridge in honor of the 20-year-old Spring Grove resident who was killed July 8, 2012, by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Other dedications are still being scheduled, Grove said.

A bridge on Route 3072/Hanover Road, near the intersection with Route 3092/Lake Road, in Spring Grove, will be renamed as the Corporal Luke S. Runyan Memorial Bridge.

Runyan, 21, Spring Grove, was killed Feb. 17, 2008, during combat in Iraq.


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A bridge on Route 74 between Drawbaugh Avenue and Mill Alley in Dover will be renamed the Sergeant Brett E. Walden Memorial Bridge. Walden, 40, was a Green Beret who died Aug. 5, 2005, during Operation Iraqi Freedom seven months before he was supposed to retire from the Army.

A traffic circle on Route 116 at Hanover Road and Roth's Church Road in Spring Grove will be renamed as the Officer David D. Tome Memorial Circle. Tome, 31, was a Northern York County Regional Police officer who died Oct. 21, 2008, when he was struck and killed by a driver while investigating a fatal accident.

Grove said he intends to introduce new legislation next session to honor more fallen soldiers from his district.

-Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.