Local looks to rename area bridges to honor veterans

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- One local is trying to make honoring veterans more visible for the City of Chippewa Falls by renaming five bridges for each service branch.

“It’s near and dear to my heart,” said Scott Sullivan, who has multiple family members in friends in the service. “My older brother was an Air Force veteran and my younger brother is a Marine.”

Sullivan wants to honor veterans by renaming bridges on Central, Columbia and Bridgewater streets, and Grand and Jefferson avenues.

“The older generations are passing,” he said. “There are some WWII veterans, some Korea veterans that have passed and this is in honor of them. We also have three Medal of Honor winners in Chippewa Falls and in a community of this size, that's extremely rare.”

Sullivan has been working with local veteran groups and the city to get this proposal rolling, which will be presented to a committee next Tuesday.

Now there is a price tag that comes along with these signs. Sullivan said it averages around $1,000 for each sign; however he said he felt it’s something he wanted to do and would.

“I felt if I was proposing this I better be prepared to pay for it on my own.”

The project is roughly estimated to cost $10,000, with a sign on each side of each bridge; but he adds he has received some financial support with the help of some organizations and community members.

Sullivan said the overall goal is to just inspire and educate those about the local heroes we have.

“Every city has them. We're just trying to recognize all service branches and all members from Chippewa and out of Chippewa that have served. So those driving through Chippewa that are service members will feel honor and pride as well.”

If the project is approved, he said he'd like to have them implemented by Memorial Day of 2018. If you’re interested in helping out with the project, Sullivan said to email him at scott@lumberjacktools.com

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