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Kent to rename street for veterans

May 31 ceremony includes music, military and motorcycles 


KENT, Wash. – May 21, 2013 – Kent will honor its veterans by permanently renaming South 231st Way as Veterans Drive at a ceremony Friday, May 31, 11 a.m. at the intersection of Russell Road and South 231st Way in Kent.  The public, veterans, their friends and families are invited to attend. 


Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke says having a street in Kent that honors all branches of service is a fitting tribute.  “We should always remember those veterans who sacrifice in order to protect and defend the freedoms we enjoy and cherish.”   


Kent Elementary 1st Grade Singers will greet event attendees with music before the start of the ceremony at 11 a.m. 


Other highlights include:  

  • National Anthem, performed by Petty Officer Sarah Reasner, U.S. Navy Band Northwest 
  • Remarks by Representative Adam Smith, U.S. Congressman, 9th District 
  • Remarks by Commander Chris Sutherland, Executive Officer, Navy Recruiting District Seattle 
  • Rifle Salute by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kent Meridian Post 6785 
  • Unveiling of newVeterans Drive signs 
  • Performance by Kentwood High School JROTC Drill Team 
  • Motorcycle and military vehicle procession 

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.  


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


South 228th Street to Military Road will be closed between 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for the event. Kent Police will provide traffic direction and parking assistance for event attendees on Russell Road. Carpooling is encouraged. 



Michelle Wilmot, Community & Public Affairs