Monday, July 27, 2009
War Hero Honored
Monterey's Hilltop Express newspaper is reporting that a Senate Joint Resolution, sponsored by State Sen. Charlotte Burks, has now been signed into law by Governor Phil Bredesen naming the bridge section between the 300 and 301 exits of Interstate 40 after US Army Sgt. Alex van Aalten. Van Aalten died in Afghanistan in April of 2007. He was the son of Ed and Susan van Aalten, of Monterey; and the husband of Shana van Aalten. The bridge will now officially be known as the Sgt. Alex van Aalten Memorial Bridge, which -- according to the resolution --is in recognition of the life of valor and death in combat of van Aalten.