It’s the Friday before Memorial Day, which means summer is here and that it is time to pause and remember our veterans who died during military service. I wrote last year that one of the great things about our business is that we often are able to remember these heroes through our infrastructure. You all know examples, large and small, where this has happened.
Recently, we completed the restoration of the Deady Memorial Bridge which spans the Chicopee River in Chicopee. The bridge originally opened in 1940 and was named for Private Thomas Francis Deady, a Chicopee Falls native who was killed in action in France on April 21, 1918 at the age of 27. Private Deady was born near the site of the bridge. Fittingly, a plaque honoring Private Deady and his service was erected on the bridge at that time. Unfortunately, it was lost to time.
As the date for the opening of the restored bridge neared, our team in District 2, working with the Deady family, Representative Joseph Wagner and our contractor, SPS New England, located a photo of the lost plaque and commissioned a replacement. We celebrated its installation at a rededication ceremony on April 14. A large crowd, including Lt. Governor Murray and members of the Deady family, attended the event.
It’s a great story that shows respect for our veterans and for our history. We all take pride in the work that Al Stegemann, Steve Young, Theo Miga and Keith Laporte and the entire team in our District 2 office did to make this happen. Thanks for the extra effort. It matters.
Happy Memorial Day.
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