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US Highway 20 renamed Medal of Honor Highway

Highway 20 renaming ceremony happening Monday
Posted at 5:52 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 07:17:54-04

CALDWELL, Idaho — A name change is on the way for US Highway 20 throughout the state Monday, July 1.

Earlier this year, the Idaho Senate and House approved a name change for the highway. Governor Brad Little signed the bill into law, renaming US 20 as the Medal of Honor highway.

The unveiling brought members of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Idaho state representatives and the National Medal of Honor highway coordinators together. The Medal of Honor is the highest award that an armed services member can receive for action against an enemy force.

"Whether we drive on this road from one side of Idaho to the other, whether it's here in a few days where we'll hear the Star Spangled Banner or say the Pledge of Allegiance, or even when we see the flag, let us remember these heroes," said Governor Brad Little at the ceremony.

US Highway 20 stretches across southern Idaho, starting near Parma and ending near the Montana Border. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is working with each state that US 20 runs through with the goal of the entire length eventually being renamed a medal of honor highway.

48 Medal of Honor recipients have ties to Idaho.