State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced today that a portion of U.S. Route 20 has been designated as the “World War I Veterans Highway.” The newly-designated stretch of highway runs between Ashtabula and North Kingsville, and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by veterans during the First World War.

“Today’s highway naming brings honor and respect, long overdue, to those men and women who sacrificed so much in that Great War,” said Rep. Patterson. “Although the veterans of this war are no longer with us, we must preserve the memory of their sacrifices for future generations.”

On Monday, Rep. Patterson unveiled a replica highway sign at a Memorial Day ceremony held at the Ashtabula Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 943. The Ohio Department of Transportation erected the official signs along the highway today.

In order to designate a memorial highway in Ohio, legislation must be passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. Last year, Rep. Patterson introduced HB 415, which designated the World War I Veterans Highway stretch of U.S. Route 20. The language was later included in a separate bill, HB 440, and signed into law.

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