Supporters to Raise Funds for SSGT Mote Overpass Memorial Signs
Veterans groups, family and community members, who were successful in getting a U.S. 50 highway over-crossing at Ray Lawler Drive in Placerville named in honor of fallen Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Sky Mote, must now raise $6,144 to pay the State of California to install signs memorializing SSGT Mote.
The decision to honor SSGT Mote by naming the over-crossing after him resulted from his fatal defense of a military outpost against an Afghan police officer armed with an AK-47 and direct others to safety while putting himself in mortal danger.
In recognition of his heroic action, SSGT Mote received the Navy Cross, the U.S. Navy’s highest honor and an award second only to the United States Congressional Medal of Honor. The citation identified that SSGT Mote, while serving at a military outpost in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2012, had run to the sound of shots being fired and, “In his final act of bravery, he boldly remained in the open and engaged the shooter, no less than five meters in front of him.”
Persons involved in the effort to rename the over-crossing have expressed disappointment over the high cost for the signs which are needed to identify the over-crossing as named in honor of SSGT Mote.
They mention Victims Memorial Signs that identify the victims of drunk drivers, which Caltrans charges applicants $1,000 to install and point to Gold Star Peak at Lake Tahoe, which was renamed recently to memorialize all members of the armed forces who died in combat, noting that veterans, family members and friends were not asked to pull from their pockets in order for the peak to be so identified.
The reason for the $6,114 charge is that the cost of making and installing memorial signs is not funded within the California Department of Transportation’s budget, meaning that the signs must be paid for by supporters of such memorials.
Contributions made to identify the over-crossing may be made online to: www.eldoradocf.org (Welcome Home Fund) or mailed to: El Dorado Community Foundation, Attn: Welcome Home Fund, P.O. Box 1388, Placerville, CA 95667.