Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ohio House Passes Bill Designating Memorial Highways

COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) has announced the unanimous House passage of Substitute House Bill 325, which designates 33 memorial highways, including the “Sergeant David Kreuter Memorial Highway” in Hamilton County, and authorizes that suitable markers be erected along each highway. House Bill 325 includes the designation of Interstate Route 75 running through Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Allen, Auglaize, Shelby, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, Butler and Hamilton counties as the “Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail.” “This memorial highway designation honors the accomplishments and history of those brave African Americans who flew aircraft in the Army Air Corps during World War II, as well as the many others in maintenance and support staff,” said Speaker Batchelder. “These individuals helped to shape the course of our American history and overcome segregation that was so prevalent during the time.” [Also included in the bill is] the “Sergeant David Kreuter Memorial Highway” in Hamilton County. On August 3, 2005, Sergeant David Kreuter was killed while serving in Iraq while riding in an assault vehicle that was hit by an improvised device during combat operations. The commemorated highway will be designated on State Route 264 between the municipal corporation of Cleves and South Road within Hamilton County only. “Sergeant Kreuter was a true American hero, and I am honored to be able to recognize his service by renaming a portion of State Route 264,” said Representative Terhar. House Bill 325 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.