Dedication of Sgt. Ayube Bypass To Be Held Sept. 30
Road re-named to honor native son killed in Afghanistan.
The dedication of the Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sept 30 at the corner of St. Peter and Bridge streets, Ward 2 Councilor Michael Sosnowski announced Friday.
Last month, Gov. Deval Patrick, who has been invited to attend the dedication, signed legislation re-naming a one-mile bypass road from the Beverly-Salem bridge to downtown to honor native son James Ayube II, who was killed in Afghanistan.
The road's name was changed from Veterans Riverway to Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive.
State Sen. Frederick Berry and Rep. John Keenan, D-Salem, introduced the measure honoring Ayube.
The City Council last February voted unanimously to asked the state Legislature to honor Ayube. To change the name of the road required state approval.
At the time of the Council's vote, Sosnowski said, “It is very fitting to name this road after him. There is no better spot for him.”
Sosnowski knew Ayube since the young man was 10 when he joined his Boy Scout Troop 24 at the Wesley United Methodist Church on North Street.
“Jimmy lived in the neighborhood that was the backyard of the bypass. He and his brother were wonderful, wonderful kids, the kind of kids you would really be proud of to be their father," Sosnowski said.
Ayube, a 2003 graduate of Salem High School, was attached to Company H, 2nd Stryker, Cavalry Regiment, Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany. The 25-year-old Army medic was killed by a suicide bomber in December. He is buried in the Harmony Grove Cemetery.