Many people reading this will regularly motor their way along the Concord Pike, or ‘Route 202’ as it is formally designated. Going forward, as drivers (and walkers/bikers) transit “the Pike” to head to school or work or run errands, they now have good reason to reflect on and be thankful for the free passage each American enjoys going from point A to B.
That’s because last Monday Governor John Carney joined with Senator Greg Lavelle to formally designate Delaware Rte. 202 as a “Gold Star Highway Honoring Families of Fallen Service Members.”
The official signing ceremony for Senate Joint Resolution 3 took place at beautiful Blue Ball Barn overlooking part of the now “golden” stretch of road.
The “Gold Star” designation results from legislation sponsored by Senator Lavelle, inspired by a call from Judy Campbell, a longtime supporter of Gold Star Families and the Vietnam Veterans community.
Lavelle explained that Delaware now joins other states as part of a broader initiative to have one such in each of the 50 states. “The signs will be a reminder to the public of the sacrifice made by our service men and women who pay the ultimate price and the family members left behind to cherish their memories,” said Senator Lavelle.
Others joining Carney and Lavelle at the ceremony included Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan, state senators Jack Walsh and Margaret Rose Henry and state representatives Earl Jaques, Debra Heffernan and Deborah Hudson as well as other members of the Delaware General Assembly.