Since 1953, the Ohio General Assembly has designated portions of the
state highway system as a memorial highway by passing legislation which is then
signed into law by the Governor. Through Ohio Revised Code Chapters 5533 and 5534, the General
Assembly has established more than 200 memorial highways.
The majority of highway designations are memorial designations for
military personnel killed in action and public servants; however, highways may
be designated in honor of events, groups, and other persons significant to the
state or a region of the state (the Ohio House and Senate may offer further
criteria). A highway designation will not change the official highway route number
or name. Some highways have multiple highway designations at various points
along the route.
The Ohio Department of Transportation supports these memorials by producing and installing signs at the designated locations. A list of the existing designations is provided below.