SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — To honor veterans who served from Utah and beyond, a popular stretch of highway will be designated the “Veterans Memorial Highway.”
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will install two signs this week along I-15 near the tip of the mountain to honor veterans.
The signs are 10 feet by 5 feet and will be installed on both sides of I-15 just south of the 14600 South exit in Salt Lake County.
UDOT says I-15 was originally designated the “Veterans Memorial Highway” in 1998, but drivers could only spot two signs pointing to it – one at the Idaho border and one on the Arizona border.
With the installation of two new signs, officials say the signs will enjoy greater visibility when located in a “much more densely populated area”.
“I think it’s important to be reminded more frequently of the sacrifices and service our veterans give to us,” said Rep. Nelson Abbott, who worked with UDOT to install the signs. “These signs are just a small symbol of our appreciation for veterans. I’m so glad these are finally installed and it couldn’t have worked better having them installed right after Memorial Day”
Abbott says the initial idea for the memorial signs was inspired by his neighbor who is also a member of Orem’s American Legion.
“American Legion volunteers provide services such as visiting veterans at VA nursing homes and hospitals, high school outreach, Memorial Day and other community programs,” officials say. “The American Legion also provides an honor guard, free of charge, to perform military rites at veterans’ funerals.”
Next time you’re driving on I-15, keep an eye out for these new signs.