Five Forks bridge named after fallen soldier

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Skip Kincaid and his family moved to a Five Forks Trickum Road neighborhood more than a decade ago, one of the first things his son did was drop his fishing line off the nearby bridge over the Yellow River.

Kincaid held on to the memory Tuesday, as the bridge was named in honor of his son, Kenneth "Aaron" Kincaid IV, who died in September 2006. The 25-year-old Army private was killed in Riyadh when a bomb detonated near his Humvee during combat operations.

"This is a wonderful tribute, and it's in a perfect place," Skip Kincaid said of the bridge dedication. "He probably dropped his first fishing line off that bridge about 10 minutes after we moved in."

Fishing was one of the pastimes Aaron Kincaid shared with his daughter, Kennedy, who accepted the road sign along with her grandfather.

The soldier's widow, Rachel, and their younger daughter Abby did not attend Tuesday's ceremony.

Rachel Kincaid's sister said the pair had traveled to Hawaii, where Kincaid had been stationed, to welcome home his unit and participate in a memorial service there.

"A lot of folks have given their all to defend our country," Chairman Charles Bannister said. "This is just a little thing we can do."

The names of 14 men with Gwinnett ties have been added to the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial under the heading Global War on Terrorism. The Kincaid family requested the bridge dedication.

SideBar: Daily Post to honor soldiers

The Gwinnett Daily Post is planning a special tribute to those serving our country over the holidays.

If you'd like to submit the name of your loved one to be included, please send an e-mail to County Editor Judy Green at judy.green@gwinnettdailypost.com and include the following information:

' Soldier's name

' Soldier's tie to Gwinnett or Barrow counties (for example, son of Bob and Nancy Smith of Snellville)

' Branch of service/where deployed