The Watseka Post Office has been renamed to honor a local fallen hero.
In a ceremony Oct. 30, the post office was official renamed the Sgt. Jeremy C. Sherman Post Office. Sgt. Sherman was 23 when he passed away in Egypt Nov. 12, 2020, while serving his country.
The Sherman family was present at the event, including his mother and father, Gwendolyn and Scott Childress, brother Nathan Childress, sister Shea Childress, all of Watseka and wife Kathleen Sherman of Dickson, Tennessee. Also present were several federal, state and local dignitaries and local community members. The event was conducted at the Watseka Theatre.
Watseka American Legion Post 23 made the Presentation of Colors before the Watseka Community High School Band performed “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Manager of Post Office Operations Towanna Murphy welcomed those in attendance and made introductions.
Congressman Robin L. Kelly spoke, noting that former Rep. Adam Kinzinger started the process for the renaming of the post office.
“To the Sherman family, esteemed guests, our military families, to all those who hear to honor Sgt. Sherman, thank you so much.
“Today, the Watseka community and our grateful nation, pay tribute to a true American hero, Sgt. Jeremy C. Sherman, by renaming the Watseka Post Office in his honor.
“Some may not be familiar with the remarkable journey of sacrifices of Sgt. Jeremy C. Sherman. His story epitomizes the dedication and bravery of our service men and women.
“A son of Watseka, Jeremy cherished his family. His parents, his siblings, his wife Kathleen, and his dog Chewy were the light of his life. Jeremy had a deep affection for summers at Yoda Bear Camp Grounds, a passion for dogs and unwavering love for the Chicago Bears. He as a loyal friend and a family man through and through.
“In 2015 Jeremy answered the call to serve his country and join the United States Army. During his service he earned numerous commendations including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Award and Army Good Conduct Medal, among others.
“His deployment took him to South Korea, Afghanistan and tragically Egypt, where he lost his life. Jeremy was working toward his dream of becoming a Blackhawk pilot by pursuing a degree in aeronautics. His dedication to his craft and his unwavering commitment to his country were evident to all who knew him.