COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – An Austintown bridge will soon be called the “Women Veterans Bridge” because of two state legislators.
State Reps. John Boccieri and Michele Lepore-Hagan announced this past week the introduction of a bill to officially designate the bridge on Mahoning Avenue that spans across State Route 11 to women veterans.
The intent is to provide the Mahoning County with a commemorative landmark like the one already in Trumbull that honors the occasionally overlooked contributions of female veterans.
“Women played a significant role in all of our nation’s conflicts and this bridge memorial is one way to mark their contributions,” Boccieri said. “From battlefields to bond-drives, women veterans have served faithfully to help earn our nation’s freedoms. It is only fitting that the Legislature mark their sacrifices.”
“This bridge naming is a recognition of the women past, present and future who have dedicated their lives to service for our country,” Lepore-Hagan said. “I am honored to be able to help shed light on the selfless sacrifices these women made as a part of our armed forces.”
The idea for the bill came from former Disabled American Veterans District 7 Commander Leo Connelly, who approached Boccieri about the idea a couple weeks ago. Connolly worked with State Sen. Joe Schiavoni to introduce companion legislation in the Senate as well.
The bridge would be only the second in the state that honors women veterans.