Oregon Public Broadcasting

If you're planning any trips into Portland or out to Idaho in the next few months, you'll notice some new Interstate 84 signs that pay tribute to Oregon's roughly 57,000 Vietnam War veterans.

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill last year to dedicate the 370-mile freeway from its junction with I-205 in Portland to the Idaho border to honor men and women who served in the war.

"It's an honor to be recognized after this many years," said John Craig, American Legion Post Commander, in an interview with the La Grande Observer. "I'm proud it's coming to fruition."

Originally, 15 signs were planned to dot the highway, but local communities and veteran groups have been raising money to buy additional markers.

The memorial highway signs will eventually be posted about every 50 miles on either side of the interstate. A few dotting the western half of the state were dedicated on Memorial Day this year.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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