SPRINGFIELD, IL– As part of an effort to recognize a local hero, State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) passed House Joint Resolution 93 to rename the Mercer County section of Illinois Route 17 the “CPL. Bryant J. Luxmore Memorial Highway”.
"I was honored to present House Joint Resolution 93 to rename the Mercer County section of Illinois 17 after this American hero. Army Corporal Luxmore deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012," Weaver said. "The Corporal gave his last full measure in service to our nation, when he was killed on June 10, 2012."
Corporal Luxmore kept a journal chronicling his service and his first entry stated, "If you don't live for something, then you'll die for nothing." Senator Weaver cited the diary passage on the Senate Floor, "no truer words could have been written by Corporal Luxmore. His service and sacrifice should be commended and remembered and this highway naming will do just that."
Corporal Luxmore is survived by his wife, Jaime; his son, Lane; his parents; brother and sister-in-law, grandparents and many others. The Corporal was a 2005 graduate of Sherrard High School and a 2009 graduate of Monmouth and Illinois Colleges. Luxmore excelled as an athlete on both the football and baseball fields.
He was assigned to the Third Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge.
House Joint Resolution 93 was approved by the Senate on Jan. 13 with a 49-0 vote. A highway dedication ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks. The legislation was sponsored in the Illinois House by State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson).