As Memorial Day nears, many West Virginians are ready to honor veterans of military service, with emphasis on those who laid down their lives for us.
But, apparently, let's not go overboard. That seems to be the point of an executive order issued by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to limit what can be said on highway signs honoring veterans.
Tomblin's order was intended to ensure the state complies with federal regulations contained in the Uniform Traffic Control Device Manual. That's the same set of rules that are costing local and state governments big bucks to alter road signs to meet federal requirements.
In the case of veterans, Washington has decreed that signs dedicating highways and bridges to them can list only the honorees' names, branches of service and ranks. Apparently the bureaucrats consider details such as war service or medals, even the Medal of Honor, to be needlessly specific.
Clearly, someone in the governor's office wasn't thinking. West Virginia residents don't believe in stinting on recognition of those who gave so much, sometimes their all, for us.
Tomblin should rescind the executive order. Then, he should inform the federal government that if anyone in Washington wants to come to West Virginia to inspect our highway and bridge signs for compliance with the rule book, he is more than welcome.
Just give us a few days' notice, to notify the veterans' organizations.