This week we gathered on the bridge over the Flint River for a Veterans Day program and the dedication of the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge to veterans of all wars.
The site has long been a vital location for transportation and trade in our area.
For decades bridges of wood, steel and concrete have crossed the spot on the Flint River, standing as a testament to Albany and Dougherty County's desire to promote the betterment of our community.
The original bridge was built in 1920, fast forward 95 years later and this new bridge symbolizes the same desire and intent.
Throughout our history, Albany and Dougherty County citizens have answered our nation's call to duty. We have dedicated the Broad Avenue Bridge as a memorial to honor all of our citizens who have served our country in the armed forces.
We want the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge to provide more than a convenient means for us to cross the Flint. This bridge should serve as a reminder to our citizens of the sacrifice that our native sons and daughters have made to protect our freedom and the freedom of those around the world.
As we look forward to bridging the community, the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge is a symbol of our connecting the community to downtown. The same downtown that will be revitalized and help us to improve economic development.
As we move forward, God bless all veterans, God bless Albany, Georgia and God bless these United States of America.