The Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage of the Solomon Valley, a place defined by the US 24 corridor through the valley.
Our vision was broadened when Gov. Sebelious signed House Bill 2071 on March 20, 2008, designating US 24, from Colby to Riley, between US 83 and US 77, as the WW II Veterans Memorial Highway.
Since then, there has been deliberate work by SV-24-HA to honor the spirit of this designation. We have worked to promote signage along the 200 mile stretch of the designated highway -- driving a memorial route without awareness seemed a hollow recognition.
The Kansas Humanities Council’s initiative, The Things They Carried Home: Preservation Project, captured the need to recognize and preserve, to honor and respect, the contributions and lives of service men and women. This was the very need that the SV-24-HA felt when the WW II Veterans Memorial Highway included the entire alliance corridor of US 24. Inclusion in this initiative allows us to work systematically to identify the resources connected to veterans of all wars encompassing WW I and WW II, Korean, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq.