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Thurmon Tanner Parkway gets veteran designations
Oakwood approves project at City Council meeting
The portion of Thurmon Tanner Parkway from Oakwood Road to Plainview Road, shown here, will be designated as Korean War Veterans Parkway. Oakwood City Council also approved designating Thurmon Tanner between Mundy Mill and Oakwood roads as World War II Veterans Parkway and Thurmon Tanner between Plainview and H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway as Vietnam War Veterans Parkway.

Johnny Hulsey said he can envision veterans’ reaction as they drive Thurmon Tanner Parkway in Oakwood and notice the signs honoring them.

“It’ll put a little smile on their face,” said Hulsey, who served in Vietnam.

Thanks largely to Hulsey and Rock Creek Vietnam Veterans pushing for the signs, Oakwood City Council voted Monday night to designate portions of the parkway in honor of veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Thurmon Tanner from Mundy Mill to Oakwood Road is now World War II Veterans Parkway; Oakwood Road to Plainview Road, Korean War Veterans Parkway; and Plainview Road to H.F. Reed Industrial Parkway, Vietnam War Veterans Parkway.

Oakwood will put up signs along the road — a $600 expense.

The city desires “acknowledging and celebrating the service of those veterans of U.S. wars as they travel along Thurmon Tanner,” the resolution states.

Hulsey said he has pushed for designations as a U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs clinic opened off the parkway in September 2013.

“Hundreds of veterans travel that parkway daily,” Hulsey said.

He said he was pleased by the city’s actions.

“Thank you very much,” Hulsey told the council. “I appreciate it.”

Thurmon Tanner is a four-lane road running from Phil Niekro Boulevard in Flowery Branch to Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 near Interstate 985 in Oakwood.

It is largely industrial as it runs between H.F. Reed and Plainview. The VA clinic is off Tanners Creek Drive.

Rock Creek Vietnam Veterans has been particularly involved with improvements to Rock Creek Veterans Park in Gainesville.

In November, the group unveiled a memorial that features about 300 bricks bearing the names of veterans from around Hall County who served in wars from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan.