I-84 renamed in honor of Vietnam veterans

BOISE -- Interstate 84 through Idaho has a new name -- the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.

The highway was dedicated this morning in a ceremony on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse to unveil the new highway sign.

The Idaho Legislature approved a bill naming Idaho's portion of I-84 in honor of Vietnam War veterans. Gov. Butch Otter signed it in February, and it became effective on July 1st.

Now special signs are going up along I-84 across Idaho from Oregon to Utah.

"It is a very proud moment, and I share with you something that is dear to me and my heart: I want those Vietnam War veterans who are still homeless to see that dedication, to see that sign, and have that feeling of knowing just how much we care for 'em," said CSM Phil Hawkins, U.S. Army (retired).

Those who gathered today also honored Vietnam War vets for their service, valor and sacrifice.

There are plans to continue the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway designation into Utah.


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