Bridge dedicated to EK grad who died while fighting in Iraq
HOWARD — Family members, friends, veteran’s organizations and first responders gathered Monday to formally dedicate the bridge named in memory of Marine Cpl. Nathan B. Anderson, an East Knox High School graduate who was killed at the age of 22, on Nov. 12, 2004, during fighting in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq. A number of individuals who served with Anderson were also in attendance.
The solemn ceremony began with a prayer by Veterans Service Commissioner Jerry Robinson, and Veteran’s Service Office Director Kevin Henthorn welcomed the family and guests and led the assemblage in the Pledge of Allegiance.
In giving the dedication address, State Rep. Rick Carfagna said it is very important to remember the price of freedom and the consequences of war.
“Nate was taken far too early,” said Carfagna. “I hope everyone who passes this bridge will wonder, ‘Who is this Corporal Anderson?’ I hope they wonder not only how did he die but how did he live? We need to remember the sacrifices his family and all other service families have made for our freedoms. We need to thank veterans for their service and we need to thank all the first responders who protect us every day. … I hope reminders like these encourage us to appreciate what these people do for us, not only here, but abroad, like Nathan did.”