Guam highway dedicated to marines
By Sunny Babauta
Sen. Bob Klitzkie earlier drafted Bill 214, which intended to rename
the highway. But the bill never passed by the legislature prompting the
governor to sign an executive order that officially renamed the highway.
Other road signs in the area were also renamed to honor marines. The governor was supposed to unveil the signs on Liberation Day but he said he thought Monday was an appropriate day because it was right after July 4. When the veterans visit the island for the Liberation festivities, they will be able to see the signs that honor them, he said.
Public Works director Joe Duenes said the department provided the signs and mounted them. The unveiling ceremony stirred emotions in former marine John Gerber. Gerber was also able to unveil one of the new green road signs. He said his hard work finally paid off.
In April, Gerber and his former fellow marines, walked the stretch of Marine Drive protesting the legislature’s failure to include Klitzie’s bill in its agenda.
"I’m so happy right now. When I was a child, marines were
my heroes. When I enlisted in the Marine Corps Marines were my heroes.
Now that I’m retired, marines are still my heroes,” he said.
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