CORBETT, Ore. – Veterans in Corbett Tuesday protested changes to a school bus route that they say tramples on the memorial of a man killed in combat.
The new route was meant to improve student safety. But it is now too close to a memorial dedicated to Jeff Lucas, a Corbett High School graduate who died in Afghanistan in 2005, according to Lucas’ friend Larry McDougal.
McDougal said Tuesday he was ready to use his body to block buses from driving on what he considers sacred ground. He helped build the Jeff Lucas Memorial. He and Lucas were classmates and both joined the military right after graduation in 1989.
“This is just one day of the tire treads driving over it and you can see where the tire treads have already sunk the bricks in,” McDougal said. “I was sick to my stomach.”
The school superintendent told KGW news partner The Oregonian that he is willing to consider an alternative solution, which will be discussed Thursday. The bus drivers meanwhile were asked to avoid the area around the memorial.