LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska’s section of U.S. Highway 20 is now officially the “Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway,” part of a national effort to name the entire 3,365-mile highway from Boston to Newport, Ore, to recognize Medal of Honor winners.
Highway 20 from Fort Robinson to Hay Springs will retain its existing designation as the Crazy Horse Memorial Highway.
Nebraska follows Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming in adopting the Medal of Honor name, Similar efforts are already underway in the remaining 7 states along Highway 20 – Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.
The Nebraska Medal of Honor Foundation applied for the naming, which won recommendations for the state Highway Commission and Dept of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis before Governor Pete Ricketts gave final approval.
Ricketts signed the paperwork Jan 31 as part of Veterans Legislative Day, an annual event at the State Capitol for veterans and veteran service organizations.
He called paying homage to our nation’s most heroic soldiers with the naming “a fitting way for Nebraska to show respect and appreciation to our veterans for their sacrifices to keep us safe.”