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Road dedication ceremony to honor 2 Southwest Va. soldiers

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BRISTOL—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and local officials will be on hand Friday to dedicate two roadways in southwestern Virginia in memory of Sergeant Brandon Asbury and Sergeant David Lambert.

The event will take place Friday, October 19 at 10 a.m. at the National Guard Armory in the Wardell area, near the Russell/Tazewell County line.

A section of Route 19 in Tazewell County will be designated as the "Sergeant Brandon Asbury Highway" and all of Route 609 in Tazewell County will be designated as the "Sergeant David Lambert Highway."

Sergeant Asbury was killed in action in Iraq on October 7, 2006 when his unit came under small arms fire.  He was the son of SSG Walter O'Brian Asbury and Lisa Booth Asbury of Tazewell, and Diane Alberts of Taylorsville, NC.  Asbury was a soldier in the U.S. Army with the 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. 

He was a recipient of multiple honors, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, and posthumously awarded the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Achievement Medal.

Sargent Lambert, 39, passed away October 25, 2007 in Iraq.  Born Nov. 9, 1967 in Richlands, he was the son of Howard and Mary Sue Short Lambert of Cedar Bluff.

He served 15 years in the Army and National Guard, where he earned the rank of sergeant. He served with the 1033rd Engineer Support Company assigned to the 237th Engineer Company in Iraq.

Lambert was a graduate of Richlands High School Class of 1987. He worked as a corrections officer for 11 years at Keen Mountain Correctional Center, where he was a member of the Strike Force and Color Guard. He was a member of the American Legion.

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