Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Highway
Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008 - 05:50:04 pm - WWW.CALIFORNIADEMOCRAT.COM
Dedication ceremony held for Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Highway
By APRIL ARNETT
Jones was the primary sponsor of House Bill 1575 which was signed into law and Section 227.394 that designates a four-mile section of State Route 87 from the intersection of Route AA south in Moniteau County as the Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Highway.
"It was my honor to introduce the bill to recognize Leon," Jones said. "When we drive on this section of highway, we will remember what Leon did."
Deraps, son of Dale and Sandy Deraps, Jamestown, served in the United States Marine Corps and died in the line of duty May 8, 2006, in Iraq.
"This is bittersweet for us," Dale Deraps said in closing the ceremony. "We wish we were seeing all of you under different circumstances, but thank you for coming. I think all we can do is continue to pray for the troops and pray for peace in the world."