JOHN DAY — Thanks to the generosity of donors, motorists will soon see two new signs in Grant County honoring veterans.
The signs, which will be placed south of Canyon City and north of Mt. Vernon, are among those being installed on the 383-mile stretch of Highway 395 in Oregon that was recently designated the World War I Memorial Highway.
According to Robert Van Voorhis of the John Day Elks Lodge, $1,801 has been collected, just enough for the two 4x8-foot signs which cost $900 each.
“The generosity of our members and our community continues to amaze me,” he said. He thanked Elks members who “put meaning into our pledge to never forget our veterans.”
The local donors are Grant County VFW Post No. 3597, John Day Elks member anonymous donations, Etoile and Clint Benge, Jerome Consultants, Land Title Company, Prairie City Legion Post No. 106, Bob and Nita Van Voorhis, Ansel and Judy Krutsinger, Jack and Teresa Southworth, Andy and Maxine Day, Mobile Glass, Carl Lino, Vern and Veronica Flanary and Jim and DJ Damon.
The Oregon Department of Transportation will build and install the signs. The Elks Lodge will hold a dedication ceremony at a later date. Due to the response on this project, Van Voorhis said he already has the next one lined up.