The founders of the republic stressed early and often the federal government’s national security responsibility. The role of the government to “provide for the common defence” is identified in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution as imperative to the formation of “a more perfect Union.” This clause is the antecedent to several how-to constitutional provisions on national defense.

Veterans, the men and women who serve and who have served in the U.S. armed forces, embody this commitment every day. In this historical context, motorists may notice along Liberty’s Highway 146 Bypass the posting of green and white signs that accordingly honor veterans every day.

The City of Liberty, Liberty County and the Texas Department of Transportation, with the support of the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, teamed to designate the thoroughfare, between Highway 90 and Loop 227, as Veterans Memorial Highway.

The highway’s addresses remain. The only change is a salient roadside reminder of those who sacrifice for their comrades, families, community, state and nation.

Operating a ladder truck, TxDOT sign technician Jacob Lewis, a Marine Corps veteran who served three tours in Iraq, removed the tarp from each sign Nov. 9 as a formal ceremony at Cornerstone Church took place.

“As I have said many times, we can’t do enough to fully honor and properly recognize all that the veterans have done for us in the past and are currently doing,” Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett said, prior to signing the proclamation. “Their sacrifice to the United States and to us as citizens is enormous. We need to recognize it more and more every day, and show our appreciation for what they have done for us.”

Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Charles E. Grabein, commander of Dayton-based American Legion Post 512, attended the dedication wearing the dress blue uniform. He praised the tribute and said it was long overdue.

“It’s great and it should have been done a long time ago because veterans are what caused it to be able to happen,” Grabein said, alluding to the immutable tradition of the American citizen-soldier. “If we didn’t have veterans, we wouldn’t have a country, so there wouldn’t be a road to be named Veterans Memorial Highway.”

The partnership spent more than a year pursuing the highway’s formal designation, according to Liberty County’s point man, Veterans Service Officer Richard Ayers. The Marine Corps veteran pointed out that the new signs transmit a sense of gratitude to the honorees, regardless of the era in which they served.

“It is a magnificent thing to see something done that veterans can identify,” Ayers said, adding that the highway’s new signs bestow a nice touch to each service member’s homecoming. “When they left, they didn’t see them, but now that they are here they can see the name on the signs. That’s a great feeling to have.”

Courtesy:  Dayton Texas News