ALPHA, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois post office has been named in honor of a 26-year-old soldier who died while serving in Afghanistan.

The Alpha Post Office was formally named the Capt. Joshua E. Steele Post Office during a ceremony last week.

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Steele was raised on his family farm in North Henderson. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2002 and was commissioned that year as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served in Iraq and the Republic of Georgia before he was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2007.

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Stephen Steele said during Thursday’s ceremony that he will never forget his brother. He said the post office naming will ensure the community will also remember Joshua Steele’s sacrifice.

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