Correction: The measure currently renames a McCormick Road site. However, legislators are working to rename the Wise St. post office instead.
A bill that would honor fallen Army Capt. Humayun Khan by renaming a Charlottesville post office has passed the Senate by unanimous consent.
Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th, proposed H.R. 3184 more than a year ago. It would name the Barracks Road Shopping Center post office, at 2150 Wise St., for the only University of Virginia alumnus to be killed in action during the Iraq War. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Khan died in Baqubah, Iraq, in 2004 when a vehicle packed with improvised explosives drove into the gate of his compound. Khan, 27, was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
“It’s hard to encapsulate the importance of Captain Khan’s heroic efforts, but we hope that this gesture honors his memory and service to the nation, for which we are forever grateful,” Virginia Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine said in a joint statement. “We hope that President Trump will quickly sign this bill into law.”
Khan’s parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan of Charlottesville, gained national attention after they stood against then-candidate Trump at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. In a key moment, Khizr Khan questioned whether Trump had read the U.S. Constitution.
Another Garrett bill honoring a local service member became law in July, designating a Palmyra facility as the U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby Post Office. Rigsby was killed on June 17, 2017, when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan.
Garrett is planning to hold official ceremonies for both post offices.