The local Veterans of Foreign War post held a luncheon on Sunday, Sept. 11, to give veterans and their families the opportunity to see the final sign to be placed on Highway 101 to honor Gulf War era service.
By Brad Mosher
The luncheon was at the Tillamook County Transportation District conference room at 3600 Third Street in Tillamook.
The signs are part of a state-wide designation of freeways and highways for specific groups of veterans.
Highway 395 was designated as the World War I Veterans Memorial Highway.
Highway 97 is designated as the World War II Veterans Memorial Highway.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway and Purple Heart Trail is Interstate 5.
Interstate 84, the main freeway connecting Oregonians to Idaho and further east is the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial Highway.
Highway 101 has been designated to honor veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and in both Iraq wars.
The sign will soon be placed along Highway 101 near the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce building, will be displayed at the meeting Sunday.
According to a spokesman for Post 2848, veterans and their families are invited to attend a brief ceremony. Veterans can safely take pictures of themselves by the sign before it is installed along the highway.
The sign is scheduled to be placed next to the northbound lane near the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce building.
The Tillamook sign is the final veterans’ highway sign to be installed on US 101 and the last of 67 Veterans Memorial Highway signs to be installed on five highways across Oregon.
Bend Heroes Foundation Chairman Dick Tobiason, a Vietnam War veteran requested and drafted the three pieces of legislation and managed this overall eight-year project costing $70,200.
Dick Tobiason reported that the cost for Oregon Department of Transportation to fabricate, install, and maintain the 67 signs were paid for by veterans groups, county commissions, civic organizations, and individuals. ODOT was prohibited from using its own funds for these Memorial Highway signs.
Funding for the Tillamook County sign was approved by the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners.