LONDONDERRY — A bridge anchoring the Londonderry side of the Raymond Wieczorek Drive (Manchester Airport Access Road) will soon bear the names of two fallen Marines from Londonderry.
Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, was the primary sponsor of a bill passed in the House last week to name the bridge the Sora-Currier Memorial Bridge. Senate Bill 367 passed the Senate in February.
Lance Cpl. Peter Sora joined the Marines in 2003 and died during a training accident in 2004, while preparing for deployment.
PFC Eric Currier joined the Marines in 2009, and was killed in 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during a military operation.
"Finding a way to remember our fallen heroes can come in many forms," Carson said. "We can all take comfort in the fact the Sora-Currier Memorial Bridge will stand a long time. It is a permanent memorial to these two young men."
Carson said families of the two men were present during the reading of the bill in the Senate and in the House.
"It just has to be signed by Gov. (John) Lynch," she said. "I'm requesting a signing ceremony and I'd like to do something with the community as well."
The Airport Access Road was dedicated and open to traffic on Nov. 11, 2011. The dedication ceremony took place on the new bridge over Little Cohas Brook on the Londonderry (airport) side of the 1.75-mile highway.
A bridge on the Bedford end of the road was named the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.
"It seems fitting that one bridge is dedicated to World War II veterans and this new one to two who served in Afghanistan and Iraq," Carson said.
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