STATEHOUSE – State Representative Steve Davisson (R-Salem) authored a resolution honoring Indiana’s Vietnam veterans. Co-authored by State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 23 also urges the Indiana Department of Transportation to establish the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, located at S.R. 56 and U.S. 150 between Paoli and French Lick.
“When many of these honorable individuals came home from Vietnam, they often did not receive the welcome they deserved,” said Rep. Davisson. “I felt this was an opportunity to thank them not just once, but every day, for their bravery and dedication to our freedom.”
The Vietnam War was one of the longest wars in our nation’s history. Approximately 187,600 men and women from Indiana served in the war, and of those veterans, 1,625 resided in Orange County. During the war, a total of 1,534 Hoosiers were killed in action.
In their honor, HCR 23 would rename part of Indiana S.R. 56 and U.S. 150 that converge as a single roadway as the Orange County Veterans Memorial Highway. Secondly, the bridge spanning Lick Creek, at U.S. 150 and S.R. 56, would be designated the Orange County Vietnam Veterans Bridge.
“I have the utmost respect for the brave men and women who serve our country and glad to see their sacrifices recognized in Orange County,” said Rep. Arnold. “America has relied upon veterans in times of war to protect our way of life, it seems only just and proper that we acknowledge and honor their selfless service to our country.”
Many states, including Indiana, have designated and named parts of a state or federal highway as a memorial to those who served our nation in time of war. Visit www.iga.in.gov for more information about HCR 23.