CLAYSVILLE — Flags are flying along a 1.5-mile section of roadway near Claysville as part of the Guernsey County Veterans Flags of Honor Memorial Highway.
The section of roadway is along Route 313 between Fritter Road and Route 83 (West Road).
It received its new name last October after House Bill 27 passed the Ohio House, said Dr. Joe Smith, who is spearheading the project along with support from local military organizations.
Smith lives in the area. His family has adopted this part of the roadway through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program.
Currently, Smith is working with Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 engineers to discuss and identify a location for a Veterans Overlook area. Initial plans call for parking of eight to 10 motorcycles and two cars, he said.
“The scenic overlook will be landscaped with military-related plants with a written brochure identifying each plant and its military use,” said Smith.
Seven 23-foot flagpoles line the highway with American and military flags being flown on specific days and weeks throughout the year and on designated dates identified by VFW posts and contributing organizations.
Smith said flag display dates include Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot Day, Constitution Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Pearl Harbor Day.
Flags and flagstaffs were purchased through donations from Cambridge, Byesville, Buffalo and Kipling VFW posts.
Smith, who has been working on the project for two years, is responsible for posting, retiring and securing all flags and flagpoles.