The 2013 legislature passed a law (HB 3494 & HB2708) that honored five individuals who were killed in the line of duty while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The 2015 legislature passed a law (HB 2389) to honor those who were killed in action or who died as a result of wounds received in action while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.
In 2021, the law expanded (HB2700)
to allow POW/MIA candidates to be eligible for a sign without a concurrent
The law sets up a program to allow for a roadside memorial sign to be installed on a state highway to commemorate fallen heroes.
Memorial signs may be installed for those individuals who were killed in action and who have been recognized by the Oregon Legislature through a concurrent resolution or POW/MIA recognized by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the
remains of the individual have been recovered, identifies and returned to
Oregon. HB 2389 defines the Armed Forces.
To begin the process to have a memorial sign installed, please contact your state Senator or Representative to request he or she sponsor a concurrent resolution for the fallen hero. To find out who your legislators are, visit the Oregon Legislature website and click on "Find Who Represents Me in Oregon."
After the legislature adopts a concurrent resolution, complete the application form and send along with a check or money order payable to the Oregon Department of Transportation for $600 to:
Oregon Department of Transportation
c/o Mike Kimlinger, State Traffic-Roadway Engineer
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, MS 5
Salem, Oregon 97302