Amarillo, TX - A few more thousand dollars is all it takes to dedicate the first Panhandle highway to our veterans.
Loop 335 around Amarillo will soon be known as "Veterans Highway" thanks to the efforts of retired Navy veteran Jack Barnes. However, he's just a few thousand dollars away from making it official.
To change Loop 335 to Veterans Highway is a costly endeavor and Barnes has spent the last eight months fundraising for it. Each new sign labeled "Veterans Highway" costs about $5,300 to construct and install.
He needs at least eight and right now he has seven. "I need one more sign funded, which is $4,446," said Barnes. "It's important that we do this and we're simply just asking the public to be generous. This is a great time and a great opportunity for the public to honor our men and women who serve and sacrifice so much for our country."
Barnes aims to have all eight signs funded by Veteran's Day. He's hoping a fundraiser at Saturday's Amarillo Bulls hockey game can make that happen. "Big night. Big event," said Barnes. "It will be a great place to drop some money in the donation bucket. We're going to raffle off some TVs donated by Best Buy. We've got six TVs. We're even going to have some special game jerseys, military tribute game jerseys, that we're going to auction off in a live auction."
The hockey game starts at 7 p.m. and Barnes is encouraging the community to come out and show support. "Make a donation in honor of their veteran. Make a donation in honor of a veteran they may know. But more importantly, let's honor these men and women who've done it for our country, our flag, and our freedom."
Saturday's hockey games is free to all current military, veterans and their families.