HALIFAX, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s often called the ultimate sacrifice.
A Dauphin County soldier who gave everything is being remembered with a permanent memorial to the man dedicated to his family and his country.
At Deppen Park in Halifax on Wednesday, friends, family members, and supporters gathered to dedicate the Route 225 bridge over Armstrong Creek.
It was a moment — and a man — that won’t soon be forgotten.
For Sharon Mowery, the trickle of time doesn’t take away the pain.
“It’s still hard,” she said. “It’s still kind of unreal that it has happened.”
Sharon calls her husband Brian the funniest person she’s ever known.
“I still think it’s not real sometimes, that he’s really not gone,” she said.
Staff Sgt. Brian Mowery’s memory is not.
“He’ll be remembered in our hearts always,” state Sen. Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/Perry) said at the ceremony. He authored the bill to name the bridge after Mowery.
Gathered below the bridge that now bears his name, this group will always remember Staff Sgt. Mowery.
A Marine from 1979 to 1985, Mowery wasn’t done serving. He later enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
“It was hard because we knew what could happen,” Sharon Mowery said. “And he knew what could happen.”
Then it did.
“On July 18, 2011,” Teplitz recited, “his convoy was attacked while transporting necessary supplies near Bagram, Afghanistan.”
The Halifax soldier was promoted to staff sergeant after his death and awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals.
“It is wholly fitting that today Halifax, Pennsylvania, and America honor his service and sacrifice in everlasting memory,” Lt. Col. Justin Smith said.
“I’m just overwhelmed,” said Mowery.
The Staff Sgt. Brian K. Mowery Memorial Bridge carries thousands of people; it now also carries a reminder for each of them.
“I’m just beyond honored,” Mowery said. “And I know Brian would be so proud.”