Staff Sgt. Jesse Ault was honored Saturday morning with a bridge dedication in Middlebourne.
The young fallen hero knew as a teen he wanted to serve and protect the freedom of our country. "He joined the Army right out of high school and after he got out of the Army, he enlisted in the national guard and he was on his second tour of duty," said Ginny Billiter, Jesse's mother.
The American Legion fired three shots into the sky to salute Ault for his dedication.
Ault's mother, step-father, and brother stood by holding a flag honoring their beloved son and brother along with the dozens of people in attendance. Ault's brother Drew said he made a sacrifice not only to protect our nation, but to also protect his family, since his wife also served in the military at the same time. "He was happy to do it, because it meant somebody out of his family didn't have to go back in his place and it just speaks to his character," said Drew Ault.
This isn't the first time Ault has been honored for his hard work, and during his young life he made an effort to live life to the fullest. Two exits on Interstate 70 in Belmont County near Jamboree in the Hills are both named for Ault.
The bridge that spans Point Pleasant Creek just north of Middlebourne is an old token to Ault's youth.
"We dedicated the bridge that Jesse crossed over everyday going back and forth to high school and running around the county as a child," said Billiter.
Events like these help to keep the memory alive for those lost during war, but the void left in the lives of family members can't be filled.
"I don't think the American public can do enough to honor all of our fallen soldiers, no matter what your views are on the wars, you should always, always honor the fallen soldiers and the soldiers who are still serving," said Billiter.