- Published: Thursday, January 14, 2016 02:21 PM
SPRINGFIELD – The names of two Hillsboro natives killed in action during the Vietnam War will grace the streets of their hometown.
The Illinois State Senate voted Wednesday to designate two stretches of Illinois Route 16 as memorial highways in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Larry Claybrook and Army Spc. Charles Irby.
State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) sponsored the legislation to post memorial signs along the two routes.
“We hope to honor and preserve the memory of Lance Corporal Claybrook and Specialist Irby. Even though their service and sacrifice occurred years ago, time should not diminish the impact of their deaths and the importance of their lives,” Manar said.
Superintendent Dave Strowmatt of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Montgomery County brought the need for these memorials to Senator Manar.
Marine Lance Corporal Larry D. Claybrook Memorial Highway will stretch along Route 16 between School Street and to its junction with Illinois Route 185.
Army SP4 Charles Irby Memorial Highway will cover Route 16 along School Street from South Main Street to the corner of 22nd Street.
The memorial sings will be posted at both ends of the designated areas but will have no impact on street names or address listings.