Route 739 In Pike County Now ‘Veterans Way’
Former DV Board Member Spearheaded The Campaign
DINGMANS FERRY — Former Delaware Valley School Board Director and Vietnam Veteran John Kupillas wanted to do something in recognition of the veterans that served his country and it struck him like lightning… dedicate a road in their memory.
The thought was easy, but how to go about it? Kupillas had no clue, so he spoke with state Rep. Rosemary Brown at a function last year and asked her what he could do. Brown loved the idea and presented a bill, passed by legislators and signed by Gov. Corbett, and one year later, a dedication ceremony was held at the Arnold’s mini-mart at the corner of Route 2001 and Route 739, naming Route 739 as “Pike County Veterans’ Way.”
Four signs from PennDOT will be placed along the main thoroughfare that traverses through three townships, Delaware, Dingman and Blooming Grove. Two additional signs donated and installed by the National Park Service will be placed within NPS land.
“I am very pleased with the large turnout in support of all the veterans,” said Kupillas after the ceremony.
“From this day forward, all of us who travel this road will be reminded of our local veterans’ heroism, and the sacrifices that they’ve made to protect our freedoms,” said Brown.
Former Pike County Commissioner and Gov. Corbett liaison Harry Forbes said it was a great day for veterans while also recognizing the National Guard for their help last year during Hurricane Sandy.
Sen. Lisa Baker said many good ideas come from the public, noting how it was Kupillas who was at the heart of the idea.
The Rev. Paul Mullen of St. Vincent’s Catholic Church gave his blessing to the newly dedicated road while noting how fitting it was that it was under the cloak of a light rain, which officially baptized the two-lane highway.
“Fifty years ago Route 739 was a path through the forest, but now it links all of us as fellow citizens as a vital thoroughfare,” said Mullen. Monroe County Joint Veterans Honor Guard Chaplain Brian Koehler led the closing prayer with members offering a three-gun salute with Marines Gung Ho Detachment playing “Taps.”