The Granite Bay post office will be dedicated next week in honor of a fallen Marine who grew up in the area.
The House of Representatives unanimously voted to dedicate the Granite Bay post office in the memory of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Victor A. Dew, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
Family members, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, fellow Marines and postal officials are scheduled to attend the dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. April 4 in front of the post office, 8771 Auburn-Folsom Road in the Granite Bay Village Shopping Center.
Dew was among four Marines who died Oct. 13, 2010, in combat in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense said that Dew, 20, was killed by an explosion while conducting operations in Helmand province.
He and the three other Marines were assigned to the 3rd Marine Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton.
Dew, an anti-tank assault specialist, enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2009.
It was his first combat deployment.
His death notice published in The Bee noted that he was a resident of Granite Bay for more than eight years, graduating from Granite Bay High School in 2008. He played football for the school and also studied martial arts since age 6.
The notice stated that it was his life's passion to be a Marine, and called attention to his contagious laughter, strength and calm.
Dew's mother, Patty Schumacher, invited the public to attend the ceremony "to honor our fallen hero, our son."
She said the post office dedication is a tribute to her son and others killed in action.
"We have always been proud of him," she said Wednesday. "This is a tribute to our fallen heroes. It is a great honor. We are thankful to Congressman McClintock for getting this through."
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