It is my opinion, and I hope the opinion of many others, that the dedication and naming of this new bridge is a dreadful example of blind decision-making.
Many young men and women of the past and present and undoubtedly the future have left their families and homes, many never knowing if they would ever return, all for the same common goal, to serve and protect this nation and to preserve our freedom. Each and every one of the service men and women of this country and especially our surrounding communities are forever linked together by this new river span and their dedication to the United States military both at home and abroad.
All of these men and women are to be honored as heroes, past, present and future, and not just recognize two or three for their appreciated service to the country. I mean no disrespect to the families of these honored men mentioned in the previous articles, but I hope the communities agree that the new bridge should honor all of our veteran heroes.
(Editor’s note: The author is the daughter of the late Carroll Teaford, Navy, who served on the USS Nashville in World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient; and sister-in-law of Brian Kearns, U.S. Army Buck Sgt. E5, served in Vietnam.)