PHILOMATH, Ore. — The family of two fallen soldiers from Western Oregon are trying to get parts of Highway 34 named after their loved ones.
Lance Corporal Tyler Troyer of Tangent and Specialist Eric McKinley of Philomath both lost their lives in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
Family members of Lance Corporal Tyler Troyer say it would be an extreme honor to get the memorial signs up because he gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Eric McKinley worked in Corvallis and attended Philomath High School. Both lived close to Highway 34, which is why the families picked that area.
Tyler’s father says their families will be on the house floor Thursday, as lawmakers vote on the bill. To see a sign go up would be a great source of pride and just the tip of the iceberg.
“My hope someday is that there is a real sign along a stretch of highway all across the state of Oregon so that people driving by will remember the great sacrifices of these men and woman made for our country,” said Michael Thorpe, Tyler’s father.
The family calls this the Heroes Highway Project.
If this passes the house Thursday it will go on to the Senate.