SAN ANTONIO -- If you're heading to SeaWorld, you'll probably see this name, Specialist Dane Balcon, but you might not know who he is.
At just 19-years-old, the Air Force brat, turned soldier, who considered San Antonio his home, paid the ultimate price for our country while he was deployed in Iraq in 2007.
“As they were departing the location they were at, there was an IED explosion,” said his mother, Carla Sizer.
Spc. Balcon went to Warren High School on the north-west side of San Antonio, not far from where the sign now stands. A year and a half ago, Sizer started working on getting a bridge near their home named after him to honor his life.Balcon went to Warren High School on the north-west side of San Antonio, not far from where the sign now stands. A year and a half ago, Sizer started working on getting a bridge near their home named after him to honor his life.
“Every single day when I drive home from my job, I'm going to pass his name on the side of the bridge,” said Sizer. “Every day, I’m going to smile around 5 p.m.”
The sign is up at the bridge at Westover Hills that runs over State Highway 151. Balcon’s mom said she hopes thousands of strangers who never met him will remember her son as they see his name on their way to SeaWorld.
Today, she celebrated the achievement with friends and family. It took help from state law-makers, getting it signed into law before the bridge could be named after Balcon, a name many might not know, but in Military City USA, many understand the sacrifice.
“The military people in this town, they understand the price of freedom,” Sizer said.
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