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State and local officials unveiled a lasting tribute to an East Tennessee fallen soldier on Monday.

State Representative Joe Armstrong and others unveiled a sign designating a portion of James White Parkway as the "Captain Marcus Alford, Senior Memorial Highway."

It runs from the South Knoxville Bridge to Moody Avenue.

Captain Alford died in a helicopter crash in Iraq in February 2010. He was a graduate of South Doyle High School.

Captain Alford's mother says she's touched to know that generations to come will see the highway sign and think of her son's service and sacrifice.

"I hope people will think, 'There's a hero that deserved this honor.' He will always, always be our hero," said Karen Ray.

A bridge in Middle Tennessee also honors Captain Alford. It's located on state route 840 near the I-40 interchange east of Nashville near Lebanon.

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