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Freedom Is Not Free - Korean War Veterans Association

Washington State Highways To Be Named In

Honor Of Korean War Veterans

Gerald Rettela and Don Roberts, members of

CID 310, Olympic Peninsula, are determined to

get sections of a highway—possibly two—in their

home state of Washington named in honor of

Korean War veterans.

Based on their efforts, state representatives are pushing

through a bill that will designate sections of state highways 112

and 113 in Clallam County as the Korean War Veterans Blue Star

Memorial Highway.

Politicians with whom Rettela worked had high praise for him

and Roberts. State Representative Lynn Kessler, one of the cosponsors

of the bill, related that “The [House Rules] Committee

was so moved by the veterans, both from Port Angeles. Those

two did quite a job—now the goal is to get [the bill] passed out

of the Senate, then to the State Department of Transportation.”

Rettela is well qualified to undertake a project of this sort. He

has a degree in law, 30 years experience in law enforcement, and

20 years in legislation. More importantly, he is tireless. “I am

willing to make personal appearances and plead this case,” he

told a reporter for the local Sequim Gazette. Yet, Retella understands

that he and Roberts cannot do the job alone.

Retella stressed that non-veterans can get involved as well.

“We can really use the endorsements, sponsorships and blessings

of everybody in the community,” he told the Gazette. As he concluded

in an article in the February 7, 2007, edition of the paper,

“My expectations are very high. It might not happen this year,

but I have reason to believe it will happen by 2008.”

There is no doubt Retella and Roberts will succeed, and their

efforts should serve as an example for other KWVA members

who also want recognition for their efforts in keeping Korea—

and Freedom—free

CID 310’s Certificate of Incorporation

50

Legislative Committee, CID 310, State

of Washington House Joint Memorial

Bill #4017 (L-R) Charles F. Gagnon

(USN), Richard L. Smelling (USAF),

Donald I McClure (USMC), Donald L.

Roberts (USA), Gerald P. Rettela

(USA)

March – April 2007

The Graybeards

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