A new Route 89 bridge connecting Bureau and Putnam counties and spanning the Illinois River will be named “The Illinois Valley Veterans Memorial Bridge,” under a resolution (HJR 142) sponsored by State Sen. Sue Rezin. The Illinois Senate passed the resolution Dec. 1.
“Illinois veterans deserve the utmost appreciation and respect,” Rezin said. “They dedicated their lives to protect our country, freedom, and others around the world. While we can never do enough for these brave men and women, naming this bridge is a small gesture of our gratitude for their selfless service and sacrifice. Now, future generations, every time they use this bridge, will remember our veterans and the sacrifices they endured.”
Rezin credits the Spring Valley VFW for suggesting naming the new bridge in honor of Illinois veterans.
“The Spring Valley VFW was instrumental in this idea,” Rezin said. “I want to thank them for bringing it to me and their continuous work in honoring and helping Illinois veterans every day. Also, thank you to all our veterans for their service and sacrifice. We are forever indebted to your commitment to everything you have done for our great nation.”
The Illinois House passed HJR 142 earlier this year. Rezin says the “The Illinois Valley Veterans Memorial Bridge” signs go up once the new bridge is completed.