|1/17/2013 9:35:00 AM|
Keys Road named in Manson
MCC spurs drive to name street after fallen vet
Those pictured from left to right are: Sue Crinklaw, Manson Community Council, Steve Palmbush, Commander, VFW Post 6853, Doug England, Chelan County Commissioner, (sitting) Ruth Keys, mother of Mike Keys, (back row) sister-in-law Ruth Keys, sister Molly Hoots, and Michael Harris, VFW Post 6853.
Photo courtesy Cindy Simmons
The family of Mike Keys, a Manson native who was killed at 21 years old during the Vietnam War, gathered in Manson Jan. 9 to receive a proclamation deeming a formerly un-named Manson road as Mike Keys Road in honor of the fallen soldier.
The idea of naming a road began with Manson resident and Community Council Member, Sue Crinklaw, who first brought the idea from the Manson Community Council to the Chelan County Commissioners, said commissioner Doug England.
It took about six months to go through the official county process of honoring the fallen soldier.
"We were trying to find a road that wouldn't tremendously inconvenience the people who lived on it because they would all have to change their address, but we wanted to do a road that would honor the soldier."
When all the research was done and the work was complete, Public Works Director Mitch Reister created an official resolution, naming a previously un-named road in honor of Mike Keys.
The resolution then became a proclamation and was presented to the Keys family through Manson Kiwanis President Fred Barkley.
Barkley, who grew up with Mike Keys found himself in an emotional state when presenting the proclamation to Mike's mother, Ruth Keys.
"He was a classmate and a good friend," said Barkley. "It was an emotional thing as I read through it. I didn't see it coming."
Mike Keys Road is located near the intersection of Wapato Lake Road and Ivan Morse Road and is now a short road spur. But long-range county development plans have the area marked for extension, England said.
"(The road naming) was long overdue," he said.
Michael Keys perished along side seven other soldiers in 1971 on board a Huey helicopter somewhere over Vietnam.
He entered service to his country in 1969, was trained as a helicopter mechanic and spent his 21st birthday over seas.
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