Anchorage, Alaska — As the Alaska Marine Highway is named after a hero, a highway that had to be shut down because of a deadly crash was named after him.
Alaska Governor Bill Walker, who is a Marine Corps veteran, named the highway in honor of Captain John D. Roberts, the captain of the ship that crashed in November, 1912.
The highway was named the John D Roberts Memorial Highway after Roberts, Walker said during a ceremony Tuesday at the State Capitol.
“He was one of the most heroic men I’ve ever known,” Walker said.
The governor also said he would work to raise awareness of veterans issues, especially those in Alaska.
A video posted on the governor’s Twitter account shows the ceremony.
In the video, Walker says that the Highway was named for Roberts because he was the first to survive the crash, according to a statement from the Alaska Highway Patrol.
But Walker added that the highway was not named after Roberts because it was named by someone else.
Instead, the highway name was chosen after Roberts was the one who saved the life of the passenger, the statement said.
Walker said the Highway had not been named after the first person to survive a collision, according, to the statement.
Anchorage Mayor Steve Fulop said he had hoped the Highway would go to honor Roberts.
He said he was not surprised that the name stuck.
It was a decision made for the people who died, Fulop told the Associated Press.
Walker said he wanted to name the highway after a soldier, and that the Governor and his administration would work with him to make sure the highway is named in honor.
This is the first time I’ve seen a state name something like this,” Walker told the AP.
Roberts, who served in World War I, was a Navy pilot and a lieutenant colonel.
After the crash at about 4:30 a.m.
(8:30 p.m., New York time), Roberts jumped from the bridge, ran toward the wrecked ship and ran to safety.
Three of his men died on the way to the hospital, and he was awarded the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Fulop said it was an honor to be able to name a highway after the man who saved their lives.
We need to have a lot of resources for veterans who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. “
We need to make it easy for them to get into the VA.
We need to have a lot of resources for veterans who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
And we need a lot more of those veterans coming into Alaska.”
Walker said the highway would also help fund a project he hopes will help people who are struggling to make ends meet.
To help fund the project, Walker announced a fund to help veterans pay rent on a home.
People who donate to the project will get a commemorative bumper sticker, Walker added.
Some people donated $20 or $50 each, Walker told The Associated Press in an interview.
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