March 17, 2020

MVRC Veteran Helps Get Local Highway Designated As Memorial Highway

  Military Veterans Resource Center Veteran, Mike Metzger, played a big role in getting a piece of highway US 23 dedicated as a Memorial Highway in honor of SGT Michael Keith Hamner, a Ross County native who fought and was killed selflessly in the Vietnam War. “In September of 2018, I was performing my adjutant duties at American Legion Post 757 and a man came in asking about a memorial sign. Once he talked to the bartender, she came and got me and I was introduced to Dean Bennett. He and his wife do a good bit of traveling and have seen quite a few signs in Kentucky and thought ‘why not have a sign made for Mike?’. They grew up in Massieville and Dean wanted a sign on US 23 commemorating his childhood friend, Sgt. Hamner’s, ultimate sacrifice for his country during Vietnam. I thought about it for about a week, before Brandon [Taylor] and I spoke to local ODOT. They informed me that any highway signage must be passed through legislation at the state level. I then got a hold of my district representative, State Representative Gary Scherer’s, office in November by way of an advocacy letter that was written for a Social Work policy class. After lots of emails checking progress of the bill, which originally started as HB 266, and 3 different aides to Representative Scherer, we finally moved into the final phase last month. Fast forward to March 4th and House Bill 276 was signed […]
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