Procession, Dedication Saturday will honor Fallen Army Sergeant from McLean County

This week McLean County residents will honor a fallen soldier from our community.  On Saturday, May 18th, McLean County Native U.S. Army Sergeant Anthony Maddox, who lost his life serving our country in Afghanistan, will be remembered with an official dedication of the Anthony Maddox Memorial Highway through Towanda.

“This is a fitting memorial for a wonderful young man whose life was cut short in service to our community and our country.”  Said State Representative Dan Brady, who will be the Master of Ceremonies at the Saturday event.  “While Anthony is no longer with us, he will long be honored and remembered by everyone here in the community where he grew up.”

Senator Jason Barickman and State Representative Dan Brady sponsored the Senate Joint Resolution 56 to rename a portion of Interstate 55 after Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox.  The resolution was approved on November 14th, 2018, a day prior to Anthony’s birthday.  On May 17th, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will install the Memorial Highway signage, prior to the scheduled Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony. 

Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox is a hometown hero from Bloomington/Normal.  He attended Chiddix Junior High and Normal Community High School. And was known as “Mad Dog for his fierce skills on the football field.  He graduated from Nederland High School in Texas in 2009.  After high school graduation, Anthony joined Job Corp, and in January, 2011, Anthony made a decision to join the Army.  He attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia.  He served as a Petroleum Supply Specialist and a Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Operator for Foxtrot Forward Support Company, 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1/87 Infantry Battalion in Fort Drum, NY.

Sgt. Maddox deployed January, 2013 to Afghanistan during the Operation Enduring Freedom conflict.  Anthony planned to make the Army his career, he was a soldier first, but served as role model encouraging and influencing others, while earning the trust from his leadership.  Anthony died as a result of a petroleum accident on 7/22/2012.  He was only 22 years old. 

The highway memorial commemorates the sacrifice Anthony made for his country, but also his life, commitment & dedication to military service.  The memorial sign and the dedication ceremony will be an everlasting tribute that will honor him, while helping to keep his memory alive for family, friends, and the community! 

Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. 

The dedication and ceremonies will begin Saturday with a procession of Illinois Patriot Guard Riders and a motorcade of motorcycles starting at the VFW Post 454 in Bloomington at 4:00 pm and proceeding to the dedication site Bloomington Exit 167 to Towanda Exit 171.