Oak Ridge Boys’ award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Duane Allen was in his  hometown of Paris, Texas, yesterday for the dedication of a bridge and road that was named in his honor.   Duane's  family also made the trip to the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial in Paris to support the memorial and honor military family members. During their visit, the Allen family donated a granite bench with markers in the memorial to honor their family members who have served in the armed forces.

According to Jeremy Westby of Webster & Associates, here's what Duane had to say at the event:

“It was a very special event, and I encourage all of you to visit this wonderful place that pays tribute to Veterans of all wars that have served our country."

The bridge and road dedication ceremony was presented by Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville, and elected County Commissioner for Pct. 1, Lawrence Malone. The ‘Duane Allen Memorial Bridge’ crosses Big Sandy Creek and is located just a few hundred yards away from where Allen was born. Two blue signs reading ‘Duane Allen Road’ were placed on each end of the County Road.

At Duane’s request, the new signs were placed in conjunction with the previous road signs, so local residents will not have to change their address.

Congratulations to Duane and his family! Catch the great music of the Oak Ridge Boys and all your favorite country gold every Saturday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. on the KNUE "Gold Rush" show!

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