Oregonians making sure our Fallen Military Heroes from Oregon are remembered along the Highways of Oregon well after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over.
Heroes Highway Project was started by Gold Star Dads Michael Thorpe, David Troyer, and Tom McKinley in October 2012.
The concept of Highway Memorial Signs for Oregon's Fallen Heroes was brought to State Representative Andy Olson with the hope that with his experience setting up a program to honor Police Officers killed in the line of duty would help us with this similar project.
It is our hope to ...pass legislation that will allow the families of Oregon's Fallen Heroes to be able, while working with their state REP or Senator, to draft and pass a bill renaming a local highway in honor of their Fallen Service member. Once a Bill is drafted, passed in the House and Senate, and signed by the Governor,we want the family to be able to work with the the Oregon Department of Transportation on the payment, manufacturing, and installation of the signs. It is our sincere hope that even though this will not cost the taxpayers any money, that the ODOT will only charge actual costs involved.
Our long term goal is to see money needed given to families that need help paying for signs for their loved one. This would be funded by donated money and money raised by fund-raising and merchandise sales.
I could see communities coming together to help families fund raise for this, but some families will need help and we would want to do that for them. This project will begin with 3 sections of OR Highway 34 being named in honor of US Marine LCpl. Tyler J Troyer, and US Army SPC Eric S Mckinley, and SGT Kevin Davis, whom all were killed in Iraq.
We feel that once the public sees these along HWY 34, it will help this project gain steam and support.
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