- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia highway was renamed in honor of Wayne County veterans during a dedication ceremony held July Fourth in Huntington.

Wayne County officials, residents and several others gathered Monday to rename state Route 152 as Wayne County Veterans Memorial Highway, The Herald-Dispatch reported (https://bit.ly/29fHykq).

The ceremony included guest speakers and a sign unveiling.

“All of those veterans and their families, and all of us from Wayne County, have traveled this road to church, to visit friends and family, go to the store and for many other reasons,” said Kenneth Adkins, a member of the Wayne County Commission.

Dolphus Perry, president of the Wayne County Veterans Association, said his organization began the renaming project about two years ago.

“Our elected officials really helped us get this done, and we are very appreciative of their efforts,” Perry said.

State Delegate Ken Hicks, a Democrat, said he learned that more than 4,300 West Virginians died in World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

“I found that 4,356 West Virginians died in those four wars alone,” Hicks said. “Many of those people came from Wayne County. It is wonderful that we honor them today on Independence Day, because if it wasn’t for them, we would not be enjoying the freedoms we have today.”

Route 152 extends from Crum to Huntington.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, https://www.herald-dispatch.com

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