THORNTON, CO… A new city of Thornton program will honor Thornton veterans who have sacrificed their lives for their country. The Honorary Street Name Designation Program creates three options:
• renaming a segment of a street that does not have addressed properties on it in honor of the individual;
• adding a secondary sign separate from the street directional sign to honor the individual on streets where there are addressed properties; or
• provide a separate, stand-alone sign in the public right-of-way to honor the individual.
The first veterans to be honored through this program will be:
• Pfc. Jacob Wykstra, 21. He was a Thornton resident who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson. He died while serving in Afghanistan in 2014.
• Lance Corporal Thomas Slocum, 22. Slocum was raised in the Thornton area and graduated in 1998 from Skyview High School in Thornton. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps in 1997 and died while serving in Iraq in 2003.
Thornton City Council approved the program just weeks before the Veterans Day holiday on November 11. The signs should be in place within the next few months, following formal city council action recognizing the individual veterans.