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May 29, 2014

Bridge named for Derry Marine

DERRY — A bridge named for a fallen Derry soldier was dedicated Monday, Memorial Day.

Michael Geary was remembered for his commitment to his family and his country.

The fallen 20-year-old Derry Marine was honored as a bridge bearing his name was unveiled on Route 102.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed House Bill 1389 into law, naming the structure the Lance Cpl. Michael E. Geary Memorial Bridge.

Geary died in combat Dec. 8, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan with the Fox Company 2/9 U.S. Marine Corps.

Fellow Marines flew in from all over the country to be at the dedication ceremony.

Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, was the prime sponsor of the bill, along with 10 other lawmakers from Derry and Londonderry.

Hassan said Geary epitomized the service and sacrifice of a generation of heroes.

“So many have sacrificed so much,” she said, “so you all have the opportunity to live in peace.”

She was flanked by members of the Geary family as she signed the bill into law near the new bridge signs.

One sign stands at either direction on the bridge.

“It is so fitting that to name this bridge in his memory today,” Hassan said. “This bridge represents his service and reminds us he will never be forgotten.”

Geary’s mother, Nancy, said she and the family were honored to have the bridge named for her son.

“We thank you all so much,” she said. “It means so much to our family.”

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