State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the signing into law of Senate Bill 182, legislation to designate memorial highways statewide. The omnibus legislation included two memorial highways sponsored by Rep. Sheehy to honor late Northwest Ohio leaders.
SB 182 creates a memorial highway on State Route 2 in Oregon, Ohio and in Jerusalem Township to honor soldiers from the community that did not return home from the Vietnam War. The new signage for the roadway will read “Vietnam Veterans: SP4 Arthur J. Heringhausen Jr., SP4 Ervin E. Harris, CPL Gerald E. Corlett, PFC Joseph G. Gill, PFC Esiquio A. Cantu, 2LT John W. Vaughan, PFC Scott D. Corrello, and A1C John M. Thayer Memorial Highway.”
“In designating these memorial highways I hope to honor these brave men who served in our armed forces and gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms,” said Sheehy. “I am inspired by their heroic service, and I hope that these memorial signs will inspire others as well.”
The second memorial highway established by SB 182 is the “Rep. Frederick H. Deering Memorial Highway” on State Route 4, beginning in Crawford County and ending in Erie County. Former State Rep. Frederick Deering served as a public official for 51 years, including 20 at the Ohio Statehouse. While in Columbus, Deering successfully championed more than 80 bills and amendments that became law.
“Former Rep. Deering was an impressive and effective legislator who helped to pass vital laws for the state of Ohio,” said Sheehy. “He was well-known and well-respected not only in Northwest Ohio but across the entire state, and I am very pleased that this memorial highway will help keep his proud legacy alive.”
The memorial signage is expected to be erected in the coming months.