Saturday, February 24, 2018

Marli Street honour for fallen T&T-born US soldier



Mark Fraser

 Marli Street in Port of Spain is to be co-named with that of a young Trinidadian who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad in 2007 at the age of 18 while serving in the United States Army. 

According to a release from the US Embassy, this is being done based on a decision taken in 2013 by Members of Council of the Port of Spain Corporation.

Private First Class Le Ron A Wilson was the youngest person to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his death was chronicled by every newspaper in the state of New York. 

He was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and in 2009, a street in Queen’s New York was dedicated in his name.

From tomorrow, his name will be added to Marli Street . 

Mayor of Port of Spain Raymond Tim Kee and members of council will join with the Ministry of National Security, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the United States Embassy to pay tribute at the event, firstly at a memorial service at the All Saints Church at 3.30 p.m., immediately followed by an unveiling of the name plaque to be added to Marli Street. 

To facilitate this event, Marli Street will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic during the unveiling ceremony.