Stretch of Highway Renamed in Honor of Veterans

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COLE COUNTY - Veterans met Thursday to mark a stretch of Missouri 94 in honor of Americans who served in the military.

Windy conditions didn't stop several veterans and state officials from gathering to unveil a new sign. The sign designates the stretch of highway from the intersection of U.S. 54 to one mile east of Route D near Portland as AMVETS Memorial Highway.

Bob Spencer of AMVETS Post 153 began the fund-raising effort to name the highway. The AMVETS organization helps support veterans and led many fund-raising efforts to make the new signs. State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, and state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, sponsored the bill through the Missouri legislature and attended the event to talk about why they believe it is important to honor America's veterans.

"I think it's great that we have an opportunity to do things like this, that we are grateful we are thankful as a nation and as a community that they sacrificed so much of their time, their lives and their families time to do this for us," Kehoe said. He added that he thinks it is important to continually honor veterans and let them know we appreciate their hard work.

World War II veteran Harold Markway attended the event and was very thankful for the recognition. He said that when he returned from war, there were no big celebrations. He just headed back to the workforce and continued on with his life. For that reason, he is appreciative that people are honoring veterans now.

"After all these years they really have went out in full force to honor us veterans," Markway said.