“The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten,” said President Calvin Coolidge.
Over eight decades later, local Representative Clint Owlett proposed a house bill that President Coolidge would have approved himself. Representative Owlett authored HB277 – “An Act designating a bridge on that portion of Pennsylvania Route 14 over Fall Brook, Troy Borough, Bradford County, as the Troy Area Veterans Memorial Bridge.” The House of Representatives approved it on March 12, 2019.
It was also approved that the Department of Transportation would erect and maintain a sign displaying the name of the bridge to traffic in both directions on the bridge.
A dedication of the bridge and unveiling of that sign was scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Troy Vets Club.
Dignitaries that were scheduled to attend Thursday’s ceremony included Representative Clint Owlett; Congressman Fred Keller; Representative Tina Pickett; Frank J. Mazza, NE Region Manager for U. S. Senator Pat Toomey; Bradford County Veterans Affairs Director Pete Miller; the Bradford County Commissioners, and State Representative Francis “Frank” Ryan, Retired Colonel USMGR who was slated to be the speaker at the event.
During the event, VFW Post 8675 Commander Bill Struble and American Legion Commander Mike Powers were expected to unveil the sign, which we will have a photo of in our next print edition of The Troy Pennysaver Press.
“Pennsylvania has historically been home to a large contingent of individuals who have served in the armed forces, and we have been blessed to have many of them call the Northern Tier home, “ said Representative Clint Owlett. “These men and women – past, present and future – deserve our utmost gratitude and respect. As one small token of our appreciation, I thought it would be fitting to use a bridge in Troy to remind everyone who crosses it of the bravery and sacrifices of our many area military men and women.”