WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the Ohio Department of Transportation for unveiling a road sign that marks a portion of Interstate-70 in Belmont County as “Staff Sergeant Jesse Ault Memorial Highway,” in remembrance of the Iraqi War veteran killed in action five years to this day.

“Sergeant Jesse Ault was a patriot who selflessly gave his life for our nation. Nothing we can do can fully honor his contribution to our country’s national security and our freedom—but I applaud paying tribute to his memory by naming a portion of Interstate 70 in his honor,” Brown said. “In doing so, we can ensure that Sergeant Ault’s service is remembered and appreciated for years to come.”

Brown was unable to attend the ceremony in St. Clairsville, but wrote a letter to Sergeant Ault’s family that was presented at today’s ceremony by his regional representative.

Brown last week was named Co-Chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus and is a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. He is the only Ohio Senator to serve a full term on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and is an original cosponsor of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act which offers job retraining assistance to veterans between 35 and 60 years of age.

The naming of a portion of Interstate-70 was made possible through legislation approved by the Ohio General Assembly.