The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution to rename U.S. 52 in Carroll County as Veterans Memorial Highway.
Supervisors unanimously passed the resolution, which names U.S. Highway Route 52 from the North Carolina state border in the south to the Wythe County border in the north in Carroll County as Veterans Memorial Highway.
World War II and Anzio Beachhead veteran Clyde Easter led the effort to rename the stretch of highway in Carroll County. A Carroll native, Easter served with the Third Infantry Division in Europe. He was wounded twice on the Anzio Beachhead and is a recipient of The Purple Heart and an Oak Leaf Cluster. He is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 in Hillsville.
Carroll County Administrator Steven Truitt brought the resolution before the board of supervisors on Jan. 8. He noted that Easter pushed for the designation, calling Easter a WWII veteran who served his country with distinction. Truitt said he has gone through all the background work with the Virginia Department of Transportation and received estimates for three road signs in each direction proclaiming the stretch of road as Veterans Memorial Highway.
“They said it would be somewhere in the $2,500 or $3,000 range. Mr. Easter said either he personally or the VFW will pay for that,” Truitt said. “We have to say we are willing to do it as part of the resolution. This is part of VDOT’s resolution to give the ceremonial name to that stretch of road. What you would be doing today is passing that resolution, which is the first step in the process.”
The resolution notes that every citizen of Carroll County has responsibilities as a citizen of the Republic and of the Commonwealth and that Virginia’s veterans exemplify the fulfillment of these civic responsibilities by their service and sacrifices in the cause of freedom.
“The Carroll County Board of Supervisors acknowledge the debt society owes to veterans who purchased, with their blood, our enjoyment of liberty and self-government,” the resolution states. “WHEREAS, the members of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors desire that all of Carroll’s citizens understand that veterans of every generation and conflict deserve our gratitude and respect as they have defended our sacred values of freedom and justice; WHEREAS, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, Veterans, business owners, citizens, students, and teachers realize the importance of compromise in reconciling competing interests in a diverse society; WHEREAS, Carroll County has a great opportunity to demonstrate to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the entire nation a working, non-partisan program honoring Veterans; WHEREAS, this resolution seeks to support reintegrate veterans back into civilian life, instill the values of representative democracy, strengthen the democratic process, and encourage Citizens through-out Carroll County to play a responsible role in their government.”
Supervisor Bob Martin said every state has “goods and bads,” adding that if you go into West Virginia, almost all roads and bridges are named for a World War II veteran.
“Everything has a name and a sign and it is very impressive. For that reason, I will move that the county authorize the passing of this resolution,” Martin said. “I think it needs to be done and it will be there when we are all gone.”
Supervisor Rex Hill seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN