By James Niedzinski firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — LONDONDERRY — Many people fly in and out of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; now, they will all have a chance to see how Londonderry has honored two U.S. Marines, who died serving their country.
Formerly called the Little Cohas Bridge, the newly dedicated Sora-Currier Memorial Bridge crosses the Little Cohas Brook and connects Londonderry to Bedford.
Lance Cpl. Peter Sora, 19, joined the Marines in 2003 and died a year later during a training accident at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
PFC Eric Currier, 21, died in 2010 during operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after joining the Marines in 2009.
Friends and family of the two Marines gathered last week for the unveiling of the sign and the official bridge dedication. Town officials, veterans and Marines also were on hand.
Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, was the primary sponsor of the bill and Gov. John Lynch signed it into law earlier this year.
“It is fitting, we, as a community, honor their sacrifice and cherish their memories by dedicating this bridge today,” Carson said. “The dedication of this bridge in their names will ensure that we as a community and as a nation will never forget.”
Although they were not in attendance, U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen sent representatives to express their condolences to the Sora and Currier families.
Gail Sora, Peter Sora’s mother, said she found the ceremony and dedication thoughtful.
“Everybody will always remember him,” she said.
Sora said she was thankful to the legislators and officials who made the bridge dedication possible.
In addition, Carson read a letter from Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
In the letter, Amos said the naming of the bridge will bring some level of comfort to the Currier and Sora families. He said the dedication was a fitting tribute to the fallen Marines.
“It is fitting the dedication is near the airport,” said Helen Boudreau, Currier’s mother. “This is where he left, and this is where he came back.”