Centre Daily Times - - Opinion -

I would like to thank Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Mike Hanna and Kerry Ben­ninghoff for tak­ing the time from their busy sched­ules to for­mu­late a Bill and get Route 192 re­named “The Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­rial High­way of Cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia.“This high­way en­ables all Viet­nam vet­er­ans to feel proud and know some­one in the area cared enough to name a high­way in their honor and it is some­thing that can never be changed or taken away!

Vet­er­ans were spit on and called names upon re-en­try back into the United States at air­ports around the coun­try. They were called “Baby Killers“from the ac­tions of a few that were shown in the me­dia at the time. Even now, they are some­times not given credit for their deeds and sac­ri­fices.

It is fit­ting that this high­way was named in their honor. Brush Val­ley is a beau­ti­ful, scenic place. The drive down Route 192 is one of the nicest in cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia, es­pe­cially this time of year with the change of colors. Now, to all of the Viet­nam vet­er­ans, when the high­way is re­named of­fi­cially, it will be even more beau­ti­ful.

Some will see no need for the change. Some will ques­tion it. But no one can ques­tion their courage from be­ing in a war that no one wanted! Thank you Rep. Hanna and Rep. Ben­ninghoff for re­mem­ber­ing the Viet­nam vet­er­ans of Cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia and hon­or­ing their ser­vice!

– Jim Hiron­imus, White Hall, MD

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