New signs going up on the major highways entering eastern North Carolina are welcoming drivers to the region's rich military heritage.
New highway welcome signs unveiled Tuesday at the North Carolina National Guard headquarters in Raleigh tell motorists they're arriving in the country's most military-friendly state.
The North Carolina Bankers Association paid for the signs, which the state Transportation Department is installing at the north and south borders of North Carolina on Interstate 95, Interstate 85, and U.S. Highway 17.
The bankers say more than 400,000 North Carolina jobs are tied to military installations and defense firms.
Eastern North Carolina's Marine installations include Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, and Cherry Point , the Army's Fort Bragg, Seymour Johnson and Pope Air Force Bases, and several Coast Guard stations.