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Posted: July 9, 2014 3:54 p.m.

Monticello to be Veterans Memorial Hwy

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A sign such as this one in an image from the Federal Highway Administration is being proposed for Monticello Street.

Nowhere in Georgia is there a highway dedicated to World War II veterans.

Until now. Monday night, the Covington City Council agreed to officially designate part of Monticello Street as “Veterans Memorial Highway,” listing the names of all wars Americans have fought in since 1900.

Roger Gossage of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) originally proposed a World War II-only highway, but Mayor Ronnie Johnston said all veterans of modern wars could be recognized on a pair of signs on Monticello. Gossage said that was a great idea.

“It’s a sign that Covington is a city that cares,” he said.

The DAV will hold a conference in Atlanta in 2016. He hopes veterans will see the signs, recognize the city’s respect, and maybe take photos under the signs. Anything to thank veterans. Extra tourism dollars are a bonus, he said.

Monticello will remain Monticello, but the name “Veterans Memorial Highway” will be added to signs both where the road meets the bypass and near the Eternal Flame.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Johnston said.

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