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Bend Heroes Foundation Pushes For Gold Star Families Hwy

SALEM, OR -- An effort is underway to name Oregon's longest highway to honor Gold Star families.  

Highway 30 is Oregon's longest highway, stretching through seven cities. Dick Tobiason, chairman of the Bend Heroes Foundation, told lawmakers this week, "It is time to honor the Gold Star Families left behind, by honoring them on the 477-mile U.S. Highway 30." 

He says naming it the "Gold Star Families Memorial Highway" is important to families. "Perhaps the signs will provide some closure," he said, "It shows the Legislature, the Governor and the public care about these families." Bend State Senator Tim Knopp is the Chief Sponsor of SB 659, that would enshrine the designation. 

Tobiason says it would be the first of its kind in the country, "I cannot find any border-to-border Gold Star Families Memorial Highway in the United States. I can find short segments. But, like the Medal of Honor Highways in other states, there are none complete across the state. So we would be the first to have a border-to-border, all state, Gold Star Families Memorial Highway."

U.S. 30 runs across the country to Atlantic City, New Jersey. And Tobiason says there are other groups that would work to have the full length named for Gold Star Families.

Tobiason is also behind a separate effort to designate Highway 20 as the national Medal of Honor Highway


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