City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   6/14/2017
Contact: Communications Director
Todd Barnes, 303-538-7279

Thornton honors fallen heroes
A street and skatepark now honor two U.S. soldiers

THORNTON, CO… Thornton City Council approved resolutions recognizing two fallen heroes. Immediately after the approval, street signs in Thornton on High street from Lafayette Street to 136th Avenue were changed, and the street renamed to honor 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 in 2014, while serving in Afghanistan.

The Thornton Community Center Skatepark is now the Thomas J. Slocum Memorial Skatepark. Lance Corporal Slocum was raised in the Thornton area and graduated in 1998 from Skyview High School. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps in 1997 and died in 2003, while serving in Iraq. As a child, he spent time at Community Park where the skatepark sits today.

The Honorary Street Name Designation Program was enacted in 2016, just before Veterans Day. It offers three memorial-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. 
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Changing street sign