State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today applauded the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 182, legislation to designate memorial highways across the state. The omnibus legislation included two memorial highways sponsored by Rep. Sheehy to honor Northwest Ohioans.
SB 182 creates a memorial highway on State Route 2 in Oregon, Ohio and in Jerusalem Township to honor soldiers from that 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.”
“I think it’s so important to honor those who served in our military, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in losing their lives,” said Sheehy. “I hope that in passing and reading the veterans memorial highway signs, people will be inspired by these brave men and remember their valiant service.”
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, Mr. Deering successfully championed more than 80 bills and amendments that became law.
“Former Representative Deering was a very impactful legislator and helped pass vital laws, including the Current Agricultural Use Value system that we still use today,” said Sheehy. “He was a well known and well respected man in Northwest Ohio and across the state. I am very pleased that the memorial highway will help to keep his legacy alive.”
The bill now heads to the Senate for final approval before being sent to the governor.