The tragic death of 21-year-old Sgt. Joshua Madden still rocks his family to the core, almost six years later.
Jerry Madden recalls that cold December day when he said goodbye to his son, with a hunch that it would be the last time he would see his son.
"He hugged his mother, he hugged his nephew and he hugged me," added Jerry. "He always told me to not say goodbye and never say goodbye."
It was during a routine training session that he along with four other men were killed by bombs.
"He had three recruits under him that he was training as well," added Jerry.
That service and sacrifice will be recognized on Tuesday as a memorial interchange will be named the Sgt.Joshua B. Madden along interstate 20 and US 371.
"I still cry every time I talk about him and I keep thinking after five years I'd do better, but it hasn't gotten any better," cried Cindy.
But the dedication will help somewhat Cindy Madden adds. and possibly this will be a catalyst for those who unfortunately continue to loose their lives while fighting for our country.
"Iraq and not just Afghanistan, but we still have Vietnam and other wars that we need to remember," continued Jerry.
For now Sgt. Madden will be remember by thousands who pass along interstate 20 each day.
"A quote from him was I've got to try and make a difference fail i might, but it won't be because I didn't try," concluded Jerry.