Gold Star Dad

The thoughts of a father who has lost a son to war

The Spc. Micheal E. Phillips Memorial Highway

Posted by fozzynok on 09/25/2012

Pokey's signNot even sure where to begin on this entry. So many things have come and gone since the last entry.  We got the news that the interstate running through the town we live in was to be dedicated to Micheal. This would never have happened if not for the hard work of our State representatives and I thank them for their hard work in getting this done.

Micheal would have of course been completely mortified and probably even irritated at these signs being placed. He was a class clown and generally out to get laughs and laugh himself in good times and bad. His being so publically recognized for being a brave young man who was killed in the service to his country, his brothers and humanity… not so much.

We were told that the highway dedication was approved and that sometime in September, the signs would be placed and the interstate officially dedicated in his honor. As things go or have gone, we got some excited phone calls from friends of friends who alerted us that the signs were placed… on August 27th! So Angelia and I hopped into the truck and headed north to see if we could find them… We found the sign on the southbound side of the Interstate.. it was kind of a confusing emotional few moments as the sign came into view. We got out of the truck and walked to the sign… This is definitely not how you ever plan on having your kid’s name up in lights so to speak.

We took a few pictures and came back home, the next day, road crews placed covers over them. I was kind of glad to get the preview. The actual ceremony was weeks later and we had the honor of having the PGR ride captain who was there for us the day we brought Micheal home there for the dedication. We had a little short ceremony (I was pretty nervous being on the side of the interstate) and Senator Simpson gave a shot speech and it was easy to see and hear in the man’s voice that this was not just another political event.

He spoke of Micheal and of the dedication and got rather choked up, we choked up, the media choked up, but as soon as he and Angelia cut the bindings that held the canvas covers over the signs and it fell away, It made us all feel a better, several trucks on the interstate passing by honked their approval and support (I hope) and we all ended up smiling when we left the site.

If the sign will make people passing through our town stop and think of the military men and women who do so much for all of us, then the signs will have their desired effect. 

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7 Responses to “The Spc. Micheal E. Phillips Memorial Highway”

  1. Fozzy
    So glad that this got done for your family and your sons memory. I am a GStar Dad too and I am beginning the same process here in my sons hometown. I would love to see a picture of your sons sign so I can print it and take it along to the meeting next week. I find it strange that I was just sitting here in my room thinking about this project……and boom…..here come an email with your post. I think our sons are reaching out. I would love to here from you!

  2. Crysta Wilson said

    I passed by his sign as I drove through Ardmore today. And I just wanted to look him up and thank you for your sacrifice.

  3. Caleshe said

    Mr. Philips,
    While traveling through Oklahoma my family had the pleasure of driving through Ardmore, upon seeing Michaels sign I just had to look up his story. From one military family to another thank you sir for the sacrifices your family had endured. Our prayers are with your family and all our soldiers.
    SSG Voges and Family
    TXARNG

  4. Cheryl said

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your son Micheal. My 18yo son Dalton was just sworn in the US Army Oct 18, 2013. He is currently in the Reserves while he attends Radford University full time studying criminal justice. He will go full time Army after graduation. He talks often about the dangers and risks of the war…Iraq, Afghanistan etc. but he is committed to protecting his country just as your Micheal was…it makes my heart so proud and at the same time so scared. I don’t want to be a member of the Gold Star…..I just can’t imagine what you all have gone through, but if ever I become a member, I will do so proudly. I have so much respect for your son Micheal, your wife, yourself and your family as well as the brothers that served with your son. PS Micheal isn’t an ordinary angel….he’s an. Arc angel 🙂

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