Redbank Valley Bridge to Forever Honor Sgt. Garrison, Reminds Oberlander
CLARION – Committed to making sure the memories of hometown warriors who gave their lives while serving their country live on for future generations to honor, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) is hosting an official ceremony on Saturday, April 28, to rename the New Bethlehem Bridge and dedicate a memorial marker in honor of Sgt. Joseph Garrison.

“Sergeant Garrison courageously represented the entire Redbank Valley region, the United States Marines Corps and his country admirably in mortal combat,” Oberlander said. “Since this bridge is such a vital link between Clarion and Armstrong counties – and New Bethlehem and South Bethlehem in particular – I think this is a very fitting and lasting tribute to honor Joey as a hometown hero and an American patriot who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation.”

Garrison, a native of Distant, was killed in action on June 6, 2011, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Helmand Province. At age 27, he was assigned to the Second Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Beginning at 11 a.m. at the small park next to the bridge, Saturday morning’s ceremony will include remarks from Oberlander and several other community leaders, the Patriot Riders, and the unveiling of the designation signs with Garrison’s name on them. The memorial monument provided by the generous support of the community will also be dedicated as part of this event. The public is encouraged to attend to honor this real life hero.

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State Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin 
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