The Bristol Tennessee City Council recently approved a request for the Anderson Street Memorial Bridge to be named in honor of the fallen men and women of the community who died in defense of our country.
The Anderson Street Memorial Bridge had been dedicated to honor those who lost their lives in military service when the bridge was completed in May 2008. In order for the public to better understand the significance of the bridge dedication, the City will add signage reflecting the language included in Public Chapter No. 538 approved by the Tennessee General Assembly.
An event dedicating the new signage will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 5:30 PM in Anderson Park, at the foot of the bridge.
The new signage will state, “In honor of many brave Bristolians who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country” will be added below the exiting Anderson Street Memorial Bridge signs.
There will be a ceremonial reading, a twenty-one gun salute and sunset taps will be played. “This event will be very special in that seldom does one get to experience the lonely yet comforting sound of “Taps” at sunset. Most of us know “Taps” as the solemn melody played at military funerals, the 24-note tune is one recognized by all veterans with extreme honor,” said Terrie Talbert, Director of Community Relations for the city. “We encourage everyone to bring their families out to help us honor and recognize veterans of all ages and of all wars in the brief and simple ceremony.”
All veterans and their families are encouraged to attend.