The Sierra Nevada chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America celebrated the dedication of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge in memory of three Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
Lance Cpl. John “JT” Lucente, Lance Cpl. Adam Strain and Cpl. Sean Stokes, all members of the western Nevada County community, had the Brighton Street Overpass bridge dedicated in their honor by the Blue Star Mothers March 30.
Attending the ceremony were Lucente’s family members, including his great-grandmother, Helen Pederson of Iowa; his grandparents, Jim and JoAnn Webb; his mother, Kristine Webb-Mason; his brother, Cristopher, and fiancé Amber; his sister, Cassandra Webb; and his young brother, Jake, who joined Kristine Webb-Mason in unveiling the plaques honoring the fallen Marines in front of an audience of 130 people.
Also attending were U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa and Nevada County Supervisor Nate Beason, who both unveiled the new street sign signifying the bridge as the “Gold Star Memorial Bridge.”
Local military groups supported the event, with the Marine Corps League providing a color guard, the Patriot Guard Riders holding the flag line and American Legion Chaplain Dennis Fruzza offering the invocation.
The event was the second dedication of plaques honoring Nevada County fallen Marines by the Blue Star Mothers of America, California Chapter 12.
The first dedication of two plaques, which took place in Truckee in November 2012, honored 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff and Sgt. Phillip Bock.
Visit sierranevadabsma.org for more information on the Sierra Nevada Blue Star Mothers.