US 20 now Medal of Honor Highway

By The Associated Press

ANGOLA — U.S. Route 20 across northern Indiana has been designated Medal of Honor Memorial Highway.

The Indiana Department of Transportation unveiled a sign naming the highway Friday during a ceremony with Hoosier veterans groups.

Legislation introduced by Republican state Rep. Denny Zent of Angola calling for the renaming won unanimous approval by the General Assembly this year.

Indiana joins a national effort to rename the entire stretch of U.S. 20, which runs more than 3,300 miles (5,310 kilometers) from Boston to Newport, Oregon.

Indiana, with 156 miles (251 kilometers) of U.S. 20, is the sixth state to adopt the Medal of Honor name, joining Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. INDOT says efforts are underway in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts to rename their portions of the highway.

INDOT will place eight commemorative signs along U.S. 20’s route through Steuben, LaGrange, Elkhart, St. Joseph, LaPorte, Porter and Lake counties.

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