Bridge Dedicated to Veterans

A bridge crossing Highway 19 south of Meridian has been named in honor of veterans injured in service to the United States.

It was dedicated Tuesday morning as the “military order of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge.”

"I just hope that when people do move past the bridge and past the sign, that they're reminded of the people that lost their lives and people are still missing in action," said Vietnam Veteran Terry Knight, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 803 and senior vice commander of the state organization. "And we hope that we could all be found and brought back."

"To all of you people out there, the only thing I could say without crying or tearing up up here, is thank you. Thank you for what you did," said Sen. Videt Carmichael of District 33, who authored the legislation that made the designation possible.

Officials said naming the bridge to mark the sacrifices of Purple Heart recipients is appropriate. The bridge crosses Highway 19 in Lauderdale County, which is named “Veterans Highway”.