Highway dedicated to hero

WAYNESFIELD — Speaking to a crowd of more than 50 people who gathered to honor his son’s life, Chris Zimmerman, father of the late Sonny Zimmerman, said Tuesday’s highway dedication ceremony was a happy day for him and his family.

“Three years ago today, almost to the hour, my son returned from his first tour,” Chris Zimmerman said. “It’s fitting we do this today because that was a happy day, just as this is.”

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sonny Zimmerman, 25, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Mushaka, Afghanistan, of wounds he suffered when his vehicle was attacked by a rocket- propelled grenade. It was his fourth tour of duty.

More than a year later, family, friends, politicians and the Waynesfield community honored the soldier as a sign reading “Staff Sgt. Sonny Zimmerman Memorial Highway” was unveiled at the intersection of Santa Fe Road and state Route 67, just west of Waynesfield.

“It’s an honor to know they did this for Sonny,” Zimmerman’s wife, Morgan, said. “To honor Sonny in this way is amazing. He deserved this.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 13 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.