Frankfort Boys Highway To Be Dedicated

(WIBW) - A WWII veteran's efforts to honor those from his hometown who made the ultimate sacrifice will be realized this weekend.

Since 2006, Frank Benteman has lobbied lawmakers to rename a stretch of K-99 highway in honor of the "Frankfort Boys." They are the 37 servicemen from the Marshall county town killed in action during WWII. Frankfort lost more men per capita in the conflict than any other community in the nation.

The bill finally passed this year and, when the sign is dedicated June 16, Benteman hopes it serves as a reminder. He says he wants people to think about the people who lost their lives in WWII and to shake the hands of those still alive. He says it's part of the nation's history that shouldn't be forgotten.

Benteman says "it's just unbelievable" that the highway dedication is finally happening.

"It's something that should have been done a long time ago," he said. Benteman knew several of the men who died in the war.

Beneteman will be grand marshall for Frankfort's Summerfest Celebration parade at noon Saturday, June 16. The sign will be dedicated afterward at the city park bandstand.

The American Legion helped raise money for the sign, its installation and its upkeep.