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South 231st Way in Kent to be renamed Veterans Drive

Public invited to naming ceremony, May 31 


KENT, Wash. – April 17, 2013 – To honor all military veterans, the city of Kent invites the public, veterans, their friends and families to a street naming ceremony for Veterans Drive, Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11 a.m.   


Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke said the project was requested by Kent resident, Marcus Shelton, as a way to honor veterans for their dedication and service to our country, especially his father, the late Thomas E. Shelton, who retired after 26 years in the United States Air Force.  


“I thought it was a great idea and a fitting tribute to have a street in Kent that honors all branches of service,” said Cooke. “We should always remember those veterans who sacrifice in order to protect and defend the freedoms we enjoy and cherish.” 


South 231st Way will be renamed Veterans Drive where it intersects at the north end of Russell Road, and continue west over the Colonel Joe M. Jackson Bridge and end at Military Road. 


Cooke said renaming this particular portion of road is so appropriate because of its historical significance. 


“Military Road opened up supply lines between military forts when it was first completed in 1860, making it one of the oldest roads in Washington. Now it will be appropriately connected with a bridge dedicated to local World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Joe M. Jackson,” Cooke said. 


The city dedicated the new bridge to Colonel Jackson when it was completed in 2006. 


The ceremony will be held at the intersection of Russell Road and South 231st Way in Kent.  


The ceremony program includes music, military and motorcycles.  Individuals or groups interested in supporting the event are encouraged to call 253-856-5700 or email VeteransDrive@KentWA.gov. 


Media Contact: 

Michelle Wilmot, City Kent, Community & Public Affairs