Veterans of the Armed Services have enjoyed the support and respect of most Americans for a very long time. In fact, Gallup polls rank veterans at the top of the list of 15 major institutions in terms of respect by the public. At a time when some individuals and groups unfairly criticize first responders, it is time for us veterans to help honor these patriots who protect us from domestic threats.
Deschutes County commissioners in Bend, Ore., approved my formal request to replace eight existing signs with new highway signs stating, “WELCOME TO Deschutes County We Honor Veterans and First Responders”. The Deschutes Board of County Commissioners paid the Oregon Department of Transportation to fabricate and install the new signs.
The new 6 ft. wide by 4 ft. high signs, replacing “ENTERING DESCHUTES COUNTY” signs, were dedicated on Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day and a month before the 100th birthday of Deschutes County. The new signs are a “first of a kind” tribute in Oregon. I hope other counties across Oregon and our nation will follow Deschutes County’s lead.