“Walk the Walk”
Medal of Honor Highway with Gene Twiford
History is not just important it must be read and taught to the next generations of children, and that is why Gene Twiford is so passionate about Veterans; their families and causes for Veterans, because he understands the ultimate sacrifice the men and women of our country paid for our freedoms. Gene is proud to be an Army Veteran. One day he picked up a magazine and read an article in the American Legion, there he learned about the Oregon Medal of Honor recipient and Medal of Honor Highway in hopes of extending from Oregon to Massachusetts.
World War II Veteran Bob Maxwell Director of the Bend Hero’s Foundation was the nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, who died in 2019. Because of Bob Maxwell and Chairman Dick Tobiason efforts the Oregon legislation designated the 451 mile stretch of U.S. Highway 20 from Newport, OR east to Idaho as a tribute to the state’s current and future Medal of Honor recipients. Highway 20 is the longest highway in the nation at 3,365 miles in length. Spanning from coast to coast from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean the highway is dedicated to current and future Medal of Honor recipients. Airforce Veterans Ken Hanel, West Point, and Commander Daryl Harrison, Thurston; and Army Veteran Gene Twiford, Laurel played additional key roles in making the project happen across Nebraska, because the project had stalled at the Nebraska/Wyoming boarder. Together they made the second phase of the project complete. On January 31, 2020 Governor Pete Ricketts formally named Nebraska’s section of U.S. Highway 20 as the “Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway”. A special 12-day walk was canceled in 2020 and is now scheduled for May 11, 2021- May 22, 2021.
The event will end on May 22, 2021 at Siouxland Freedom Park in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Siouxland Freedom Park | The Siouxland Freedom Park is a beautiful 55-acre park, overlooking the Missouri River. The park is home to the ½ scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall that is in Washington D.C.
“The Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway belongs to all Nebraskans. This will be the longest named highway in the state and should be source of pride to all Nebraska Veterans and Patriots.” A motorcycle convoy is being formed as well to ride across Nebraska beginning at the boarder of Wyoming. For more information contact: Daryl G. Harrison (402) 922-1329.
Walk the Walk – Medal of Honor Event (https_nebraskamedalofhonorfoundation.org)