Hancock veterans memorial highway

By Caroline Goggin

August 19, 2014 Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 5:23 PM EST

Hancock, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A portion of State Route 97 now holds a different name.

A stretch of the heavily traveled road will now be known as the Hancock Veterans Memorial Highway.

Senator Tom Libous (R) says this area is dedicate to local military heroes.

"The men and women who have given their lives, the men and women that have come home and have fought for our freedoms," said Libous.

Seven miles down the road from the sign, a familiar flag waives for a military member, who was not able to celebrate the unveiling Tuesday morning.

Justin Whiting was only 28-years-old when he lost his life while serving in Iraq.

A football lover, farmer, and hunter, Justin took his talents to the military where he became a decorated soldier.

"It's a good reminder of their life and their loss," said Justin's father and military veteran, Randy Whiting. "And it just makes you feel good that it's always going to be there."

Since his son's passing, Whiting has placed a flag on the high ground of Route 97 in memory of his lost son.

The flag also serves as a reminder of all the other local military members who have bravely served for our country.

"As a member of the community it means that the people of New York state recognize the sacrifices that veterans have made over the years," said military veteran, Evan Hall. "It's nice to see that sign every time I go home."