Interchange dedication ceremony held in honor of Fayette County hero

BROWNSVILLE, Oct. 14 – A Brownsville, Fayette County native and Vietnam War veteran who died in the line of duty was posthumously honored today at a special interchange dedication.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was among several who took part in the ceremony for Army Cpl. Denny Ray Easter, which was held in the St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church’s parking lot. The ceremony concluded with an unveiling of a special sign designating the interchange as the Corporal Denny Ray Easter Memorial Interchange.

Easter joined the Army during the Vietnam War and served as an infantryman with B Company, 5th Battalion, 198th Light Infantry Brigade and later earned the rank of corporal. On Jan. 13, 1971 at the age of 20, he was killed in the line of duty in Quang Tin province in South Vietnam.

“Corporal Easter was truly a hero, both to his community and to his country, and it was an honor to pay tribute to him and honor his memory through this special ceremony today,” said Snyder. “Each time we pass this way, we will be reminded of his service and sacrifice. I also want to thank PennDOT for their assistance in helping us honor Corporal Easter.”

Snyder was joined by Easter’s cousin, Delores Randolph, and several local and county elected officials at today’s ceremony, including state Sen. Pat Stefano, Fayette County Commissioners Dave Lohr, Vincent Vicites and Scott Dunn, and Brownsville council members. Father Burke from St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church provided the benediction, and the presentation of colors was conducted by the Vietnam Veterans, Inc. of Fayette County.