R. Lee Ermey Boulevard

NEW NAME — A street sign hangs over R. Lee Ermey Boulevard, also known as Avenue N. The Lancaster City Council on Tuesday will discuss naming the portion of the street that falls within city limits.

LANCASTER — The Lancaster City Council will consider doing its part in renaming the part of Av­enue N to R. Lee Ermey Av­enue that falls within the city’s boundaries at Tues­day’s meeting.

Ermey, who died last April at age 74, was per­haps best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hart­man in director Stanley Ku­brick’s 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket.”

The real-life Marine drill instructor, actor, military ambassador and longtime Antelope Valley resident was also well-known for his charitable work in support of the Marine Corps, military programs, veterans and others.

The city of Palmdale and the county of Los Angeles last year approved the name change of Avenue N from Sierra Highway to 60th Street West in honor of the local hero. Ermey’s daughter Betty Ermey and other dignitaries attended a public “sign raising” ceremony on Nov. 10 at the corner of Sierra Highway and Avenue N, the street closest to Ermey’s home of 20 years.

The Lancaster City Coun­cil, in order to main­tain consistency, will con­sider co-naming Av­en­ue N with the county of Los Angeles and the city of Palmdale. The name change will cover Avenue N from Sierra Highway to Agena Road. If the street name change is approved, the city will bear the cost of replacing signs at each in­ter­section within our Lan­caster city limits from the north side of Avenue N between 30th and 45th streets west. Cost is estimated at less than $600. The funds will be al­lo­cated from the Traffic Op­er­ations Signs and Mark­ing budget.

By co-naming the street, the Avenue N designation will remain to allow the nine addresses assigned on the street continued use of their current addresses.

Supporters are well short of their $150,000 goal to raise money for R. Lee Ermey Avenue exit signs from the Antelope Val­ley Freeway, as well as to create a musical road that plays the first verse of the Marine Hymn in a half mile stretch of the road.

As of Friday the fund­rais­ing campaign collected $9,242. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/r-lee-ermey-mem­or­ial-ave.

The city council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave.

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Riker Muley Bono

I would love to see (or hear) a musical road installation. The funding for a musical road, which is more of a luxury, not an actual transportation improvement, should be funded of donated monies, as for the name change on the 14 fwy. should not be funded from donated monies. The State should be obligated and required to update freeway signs. We pay our Garcetti tax(es) on Measure "M", and Measure "R", as well as (former) Governor Browns "SB-!" in which all three of these bills are to fund transportation improvements. ** We also need to push for the 138 fwy. to be built now, not in the year 2050.

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