The bridge on High Plain Road over Interstate 93 will be dedicated this month in honor of the town’s veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
State legislation was approved last month to rename the Andover bridge in tribute to those in town who served in the U.S. armed forces in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The act, which has been signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, was sponsored by state Sen. Barry R. Finegold, R-Andover, and Reps. James L. Lyons, R-Andover, and Frank A. Moran, D-Lawrence, all of whom represent Andover.
“I hope this will serve as a gesture of gratitude for all the sacrifices our servicemen and women make every day,” Moran said in a release.
The Andover Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Memorial Bridge will be formally dedicated during a ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at 2 p.m. American Legion, Andover Post 8 will lead the ceremony. The state Department of Transportation is expected to erect a sign commemorating the designation.
“Members of Andover Post 8 have been working diligently with our legislators to make this happen,” Commander Ted Witman said in a release thanking the legislators for their efforts. “This will be a lasting memorial to those veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and the sacrifices they have made for our country.”
Andover is not new to dedicating bridges. This will be the seventh bridge in town dedicated to veterans and the wars they have fought.