Bryant, DeSoto Officials to Unveil Veterans’ Memorial Highway

Murphysboro….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) and village officials from the village of DeSoto will join together to unveil signage renaming a stretch of highway from Rte. 149 east to Rte. 51 as “Veterans’ Memorial Highway” on Tuesday, September 22.  Media and the public are invited to attend the unveiling of the signs and presentation of the House Joint Resolution. Rep. Bryant will also present the Village of DeSoto with a flag that has been flown above the State Capitol in Springfield as a part of the dedication.

The renaming of this stretch of Rte. 149 was made possible by House Joint Resolution 81, with final passage through the Senate on August 5, 2015. Rep. Bryant and Senator Dave Luechtefeld were the chief sponsors of the resolution in the House and Senate respectively.

In 2001, planning to build a memorial in the community to DeSoto’s veteran’s of the armed services began. The existing veteran’s memorial was built almost entirely with private donations. DeSoto resident and World War II veteran Jesse Crow designed the 6 ½ foot tall black granite monument; it sits on a triangular island of land bordered by Illinois 149 and Pine and Lincoln Streets.

The monument is engraved with the emblems of all the branches of the military and is flanked by matching black granite benches. It also bears the names of all DeSoto’s past and future veterans regardless of whether they served in a time of war or peace.

Details on the press conference and sign unveiling are available below:

What: Designation of Rte. 149 east to Rte. 51 as “Veterans’ Memorial Highway”
Who: State Representative Terri Bryant and village officials from the Village of DeSoto
When: Tuesday, September 22, at 11:00 AM
Where: Rte. 149 East of DeSoto near the Veterans’ Memorial

If you have any questions or if you would like further information on the event, please feel free to contact Rep. Bryant’s office at 618-242-8115 or visit