State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) will join Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) on Monday, May 2 for the dedication of a stretch of Route 1 between Westville and Georgetown as Sgt. Kenneth R. Nichols Jr. Memorial Highway.
Nichols was killed during service to his country in 2009, and in December the General Assembly approved legislation memorializing him. The dedication ceremony will be held on May 2 at 10:00 AM at the Georgetown Township building on Route 1.
“I had had the pleasure of meeting Sgt Nichols’ father and family last year, and I look forward to the dedication ceremony that honors this brave soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” Hays said.
Nichols grew up in Chrisman and graduated from Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School. He died on December 1, 2009 when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. At the time of his death, Nichols had served for four years in the U.S. Army.
“Through this highway designation, Sgt. Nichols’ memory will live on forever and will serve as a reminder for us all that we have brave men and women locally who have answered their call to serve so that we may all enjoy our freedoms.”