YORK COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Many people in York County travel along highway five. It connects Fort Mill and Rock Hill to York.
A two-mile stretch of this highway was named as Veterans Memorial Highway. However, for Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War, Bobby Free, two miles was not enough.
“It went only for one block; then somebody else’s name took over. And to me, that was an embarrassment if we only had one block,” said Free.
Bobby decided to take action. He sent a letter to the commander of the American Legion. The American Legion then sent a letter to the Veteran’s Advisory Council of York County with a couple of requests: replace the Veterans Memorial Highway signs along the construction area of highway five and extend the length of the Veterans Memorial Highway.
Now, Veterans Memorial Highway covers about twelve miles along South Carolina highway five. It extends from Cherry Road and Main Street in Rock Hill to Highway five and Highway 321 in York.