Memorial highway honors fallen Marine

By: 
Lisa Ingebrand, lrnews@frontiernet.net

Family members and friends of the late Corporal Caleb L. Erickson gathered on August 28th at a sign that commemorates the renaming of Highway 13 through Waseca County in honor of the 20-year-old Marine’s life and service. (Photo courtesy of Karla Erickson)

Highway 13 running north to south through Waseca County, has been renamed the Corporal Caleb L. Erickson Memorial Highway.

Twenty-year-old Erickson, who was born and raised in Waseca, died on Friday, February 28, 2014, as the result of injuries received during an attack by a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan. He was the son of Karla and Barry Erickson.

Through their grief, the young Marine’s family and friends rallied to establish the Caleb Erickson Memorial fund to help honor Erickson’s memory and offer support to organizations aimed at assisting soldiers and their families.

Then, about two years ago, the idea of naming a highway after the fallen soldier began to take root. “

(Former State Senator) Mike Perry approached me with the idea to name Highway 13 that ran through Waseca County to honor Caleb,” explained Erickson’s mom, Karla. “It was a dream come true, but I wasn’t quite...

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