Simmons’ Highway-Naming Bill Honoring a Local Marine Headed to Governor’s Desk
10/20/2016
HARRISBURG – Legislation naming a section of a Lehigh County highway in honor of a local Marine, sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton), was included in a Senate bill that passed unanimously in the House on Wednesday. Senate Bill 1219 now heads to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.

Simmons’s legislation designates a portion of State Route 145 in Salisbury Township as the “Cpl. Joshua B. Smith Memorial Highway.” Smith was a township resident, and graduate of Salisbury High School, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years. After being honorably discharged in 2011, he struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a traumatic brain injury until losing his personal battle on Nov. 5, 2012, at the age of 27.

“Joshua Smith served our country in Afghanistan and tragically took his own life after returning home, suffering from PTSD,” said Simmons. “His parents, Brian and Nancy Smith, are awesome people who do a lot of work in our community for veterans with PTSD. I am pleased we are naming this roadway in Joshua’s honor to forever remember his service and sacrifice, and to also help raise awareness about PTSD and those who are struggling with the disorder.”

The measure directs the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to erect and maintain signs in both directions displaying the name of the highway.

Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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