Riverside, California 2021-06-16 08:30:17 –
A bill was passed on June 4 in honor of the Medal of Honor winners, proposing to rename US Highway 77.
House Building 2167 proposed to designate Highway 77 in Refugeo County as Ensign Lloyd’Pete’Hughes Medal of Honor Memorial Highway. Congressman Genie Morrison led the submission and passage of HB2167.
“It feels great to see the bill pass,” said Mike Slack, chairman of the Pete Hughes Memorial Committee. “Name the highway is an important first step in Refugeo and ultimately honors Pete Hughes’ sacrifice and courage.”
The Texas Parliament, along with HB 2167, passed Senate Simultaneous Resolution 10 earlier this year, giving Hughes a commemorative resolution.
After graduating from Refugeo High School in 1939, Hughes was awarded the Medal of Honor for being a pilot of the B-24 bomber in World War II. Hughes’ bomber was shot down in 1943 during Operation Tidal Wave near Ploiesti, Romania.
Prior to the crash, Hughes and his nine other crew members were able to successfully maintain their formation and drop bombs on their intended targets. Hughes and seven other crew members were killed.
The Pete Hughes Memorial Committee was established in June 2020 by the Refugeo ISD Education Foundation. Slack said his personal goal was to find a way to honor Hughes in his hometown.
In just a year, Slack and the committee found a way to reach their first goal.
“We were very fortunate to have some very talented people who spend their time and energy and focus on our main goals,” Slack said.
The Commission’s second goal is to build a monument to honor Hughes on the campus of Refugeo High School. The monument will feature an eight-foot statue of Hughes and a list of all Refusio County veterans killed in the conflict.
Slack said a sign would likely be installed in the fall to designate Highway 77 as Ensign Lloyd’Pete’Hughes Medal of Honor Memorial Highway. Mr. Slack said the presentation of the highway sign will take place at the location of the future memorial square.
Regarding the monument, Mr. Slack said construction would not begin until the post-Hurricane Harvey refurbishment of Refugeo High School was completed.
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