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Port Angeles Truck Route to be renamed

March 8th, 2013 - 6:15am

(Port Angeles) -- Local highways honoring veterans of foreign wars may soon be joined by a road honoring soldiers who endured captivity or never returned home from the battlefield. The Truck Route in Port Angeles will soon carry that honor.

The roadways on the northern Olympic Peninsula are becoming well known for honoring veterans along with their scenic beauty. Already home to memorial highways honoring the Korean War, Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, on Thursday the Washington State Senate requested that the Department of Transportation add a stretch of Highway 117 in Port Angeles to honor soldiers who are missing in action or were prisoners of war. The Senate Joint Memorial was sponsored by Hoquiam Sen. Jim Hargrove who acted on behalf of the Korean War Veterans Association.

"It's a very active group. They do a great job of reminding our citizens of the sacrifice that veterans have made. And certainly adding to it a stretch of road that reminds us of prisoners of war and people who are missing in action is appropriate," said Hargrove.

The designation will cover Highway 117 in Clallam County between the junction of Highway 101 and Marine Drive.

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