Street in Columbia named after fallen Marine - WKRN News 2

Street in Columbia named after fallen Marine

Posted: Updated: Sep 28, 2011 3:28 PM CDT
Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter and his wife, Crissie. Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter and his wife, Crissie.
The couple's son, Landon, was born following his father's death. The couple's son, Landon, was born following his father's death.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

A portion of a street in Columbia was named after a fallen Marine who attended elementary school on the road.

Part of Rutherford Lane was named on Wednesday in honor of Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter, who was shot while on patrol in Afghanistan last February.

He attended Woodard Elementary on Rutherford Lane, and the section of the street in front of the school will be named Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter Memorial Highway.

Hundreds of children from the elementary school held American flags during the dedication ceremony.

Widow Crissie Carpenter told Nashville's News 2 it is an honor to have the roadway named after her fallen husband.

"I think Andy would've thought it was really cool. They had asked me what road and this road really came to my mind, because Andy would always talk about his elementary school and how much he enjoyed being here," she said.

Crissie was also presented with a poem that Andrew had written while attending the elementary school titled "The War."

It was really touching. I definitely cried," Crissie said.

The poem, now framed as a memento for the window and the couple's six-month-old son, is about a soldier who leaves for war and comforts his crying wife telling her he will come home.

Crissie gave birth to the couple's son, Landon weeks after Andrew's funeral.

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