Guam – A street in Yigo has been named in honor of a fallen Guam hero who was killed in Afghanistan.
The Yigo Mayor’s Office and the family of U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Lukeala held a street naming and dedication ceremony Thursday evening in memory of him.
Lukeala was killed in Afghanistan two years ago Thursday, on June 7, 2010. The vehicle he was riding in was struck by a roadside bomb. Yigo Mayor Bob Lizama says the dedication was talked about for quite some time with Lukeala’s mother, Dorothy.
In the future, Lizama said he would like to see an actual memorial dedicated to Guam’s service members that died in Afghanistan. He hopes someone can appeal to the Guam National Guard or Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo for help in identifying a possible site.
“You know, we have the Vietnam Memorial. We have the Korean [War] memorial. We have the fallen heroes memorial. But you know, we continuously experience and encounter we are still at war” said Lizama. “Our men and women are still serving in the war zone and perhaps maybe one day…perhaps this will help.”
A Mass for Lukeala was held at 6:30 Thursday evening at our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
The street dedication ceremony followed at 7 p.m..