The N.C. Department of Transportation dedicated portions of N.C. 24 as the Gold Star Highway Saturday in Fayetteville.
The counties included in the designation are Carteret, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Onslow and Sampson.
Transportation Secretary James Trogdon III, speaking at the ceremony at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, said the department will install 12 signs along the route, including one at each county line, to remind travelers of the service and sacrifice of Gold Star families.
The symbol of the Gold Star came from families of service personnel hanging a banner called a Service Flag with a gold star in the window of their homes to represent those who lost their lives serving their nation.
Among the speakers were state Rep. David Lewis and Greg Gebhardt.