, Derry, New Hampshire


May 15, 2014

Bridge dedication for Derry soldier planned

DERRY — A bridge named for a fallen Derry soldier may be dedicated on Memorial Day.

Final details are being put in place to officially honor Lance Cpl. Michael Geary, who died in combat Dec. 8, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan with the Fox Company 2/9 United States Marine Corps.

Last month, the New Hampshire Senate passed House Bill 1389, naming the bridge on state Route 102 in Derry in Geary’s honor.

It would become law in June with the governor’s signature.

The bridge will be known as the Lance Cpl. Michael E. Geary Bridge.

Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, was working to expedite plans for the dedication ceremony, with a tentative date of Memorial Day. He would also work on securing the proper signs for the bridge honoring Geary.

The ceremony would begin at 8:30 a.m. Derry’s Memorial Day celebration later that morning includes a parade and observances at MacGregor Park.

There would be one sign for each direction at the bridge.

Baldasaro was the prime sponsor of the bill; co-sponsors included 10 other lawmakers from Derry and Londonderry.

Geary was a 2009 Pinkerton Academy graduate. Following his death, more than 3,000 Pinkerton students and faculty lined the streets near the Derry high school to pay respects as his hearse drove by.

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