HARRISBURG (March 8) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that his legislation to designate a section of Route 23 as the Medal of Honor Grove Highway was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

The Medal of Honor Grove, a 52-acre memorial site dedicated to the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients, is located on Route 23 in Schuylkill Township.

“This is a great way to honor our veterans and to remind residents that the Medal of Honor Grove, a unique and historic memorial site, is located right here in Chester County.” Dinniman said. “I also want to thank Senator John Rafferty for his support in moving this bill forward.”

The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously voted today to move the legislation to the Senate floor.

The legislation calls for designating the section of Route 23 that is situated between Chester County’s border with Montgomery County and Route 100 as the Medal of Honor Grove Highway.

The Medal of Honor Grove is the nation’s oldest memorial site dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. The grove is divided into one-acre plots for each state, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Each plot features an obelisk and metal plaques set in the ground, honoring Medal of Honor recipients dating back to the Civil War.

Dinniman became involved with efforts to restore and save the grove after it came to his attention that the site had been allowed to fall into disrepair and may be sold to a developer.

He said that designating the highway for the Medal of Honor Grove would be a fitting tribute to all Medal of Honor recipients, while helping raise awareness of the memorial site.

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s West Chester Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail acirucci@pasenate.com.

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