COLUMBUS—State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield) today announced that the Ohio House has passed omnibus legislation that makes several day designations and highway namings and creates multiple specialty license plates.

Senate Bill 86 incorporates a bill sponsored by Romanchuk, House Bill 372, designating a portion of Interstate Route 71 between State Route 39 and State Route 13 as the “Richland County Veterans Memorial Highway.”

“The citizens of Richland County are extremely grateful for the men and women from our community who have served in all branches of the military,” said Rep. Romanchuk. “It is my hope that this memorial highway conveys in some small way that each veteran from our county is valued and honored.”

This highway naming seeks to honor veterans who served Ohio and the nation faithfully through military service and call Richland County home. Those veterans have served in every major war, and there are eight Medal of Honor recipients in the district.

Among that number was General Frank P. Lahm, after whom Mansfield Lahm Airport was named. Lahm played a number of significant roles throughout his career and was involved in the separation of the Army Air Corps to the United States Air Force. Another local veteran, Colonel Albert Allen, was a survivor of the Bataan Death March during World War II.

Senate Bill 86 now returns to the Senate for concurrence.

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