OPENING CEREMONY: PURPLE HEART BRIDGE December 2, 2019 ~ 3:00 p.m.


Photo’s by Debbie Stevens

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December 2, 2019 ~ 3:00 p.m.
Location: Tent on Fort Street between the Defiance Public Library and the Purple Heart Bridge


Welcome:  Mayor Mike McCann
Pledge of Allegiance
Prayer:  Pastor David Brobston
Remarks by:
Mayor Mike McCann
ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D.
Defiance County Commissioner and Purple Heart Recipient Ryan Mack
Proclamation Readings:
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
Ohio Lt. Governor Jon A. Husted
5th District Congressman Bob Latta
1st District State Senator Robert A. McColley
82nd District State Representative Craig Riedel
Benediction: Pastor David Brobston

~MOVE towards the Bridge remaining on the Southside~

Ribbon Cutting in front of the Purple Heart Bridge on the Southside
A 10-minute Break to prepare for the first individuals to cross the Purple Heart Bridge. Meet at Pontiac Park on the North side of the Purple Heart Bridge.
Crossing the Purple Heart Bridge from the North side to the South side: (meet at Pontiac Park)
1.) DDVB First one to Cross the Bridge Raffle Winner, Paul Gearing
2.) All Purple Heart Veterans and ALL Veterans are Welcome to cross
3.) Defiance resident, 104-year-old Emily White


Naming the Clinton Street Bridge to the Purple Heart Bridge background:

State Representative Craig S. Riedel recently introduced House Bill 332 that will designate a portion of State Route 66 in Defiance County as the “Purple Heart Trail of Defiance County” and the bridge spanning the Maumee River that is a part of State Route 66, in the City of Defiance, as the “Purple Heart Bridge.”

This bill comes in recognition of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Clinton Street Bridge Replacement Project that is scheduled to open on December 2, 2019. This special occasion reflects an incredible amount of hard work and will benefit the community for years to come.

The bridge name was chosen through collaboration with the City of Defiance and the Military Order of Purple Heart Fort Defiance Chapter 643. In addition, the trail name was chosen through collaboration between a veteran constituent and the Military Order of Purple Heart Fort Defiance Chapter 643.

The City of Defiance contributed 1 million dollars toward this project along with the 8 million dollars contributed through the State of Ohio. House Bill 332 passed the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee on October 22, 2019 with a vote of 13 to 0. House Bill 332 now heads to the House floor for a vote.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, a veterans organization here in Defiance is inviting all Purple Heart veterans, their families, or their survivors who would like to be a part of this ceremony.

The Program starts at 3:00 p.m. There will be a tent and chairs set up by the Defiance Public Library on Fort Street for protection from the weather 

Veterans, if you are not attending the Ceremony and just crossing the bridge, please meet at 3:25 p.m. at Pontiac Park on the North side of the Bridge. Purple Heart Veterans and ALL Veterans will be able to ride or walk across the bridge.  Starting point to cross the Bridge is on the North side of the Bridge at Pontiac Park for the three groups.

Purple Hearts are the medals awarded to armed forces veterans who have sustained injuries, are missing in action or who have died in action during combat operations against enemies of the United States.

Please feel free to contact the Veterans Office in Defiance, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Military Order of the Purple Heart.