Signs Honoring Veterans Set For Nevada Highway

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Signs honoring veterans of five wars will go up this summer along segments of U.S. 95 in northern Nevada.

Reno-based Chapter 198 of the Korean War Veterans Association led the effort to get the state signs approved for segments of U.S. 95, which has been the state's designated Veterans' Memorial Highway since 1947.

"It's wonderful to have this kind of recognition," said Arnold Wetzstein of Carson City, who served in three wars: World War II, Korean and Vietnam.

Under plans approved by the Nevada Transportation Department, short segments of the highway will be dedicated to veterans of those wars, plus World War I and the Persian Gulf War.

The location for the signs hasn't been determined, but officials now are leaning toward sites south of Hawthorne or north of Fallon, said Michelle Gardner-Lilley, NDOT's scenic byways and field operations manager.

Plans call for the signs to be installed in July or August. The state is paying about $600 per sign, not including installation.

The signs along the busy north-south highway will serve as a symbol for all veterans - living and dead - who have sacrificed in the name of freedom, supporters said.

"We're very grateful," said Darrol Brown of Gardnerville, past president of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.

A segment dedicated to those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom eventually could be installed, officials said.

The signs were unveiled at a ceremony Friday in Carson City attended by more than 50 people.

"It's fitting that these signs are being unveiled as we approach Memorial Day," Carson City Mayor Ray Masayko told the Reno Gazette-Journal.