For Maury Johnson this day couldn’t come any sooner. The last three years have been a labor of love organizing a special bridge dedication ceremony for his late brother Everette R Johnson. and all of those who have fought for our freedom
“I wanted to make sure all veterans, all active service killed in action people were honored here it was more than just about my brother,” Johnson said.
Specialist Everette Johnson Sr. grew up in Monroe County and was an American hero and patriot who perished while fighting in Vietnam back in 1968. His only son was named after him in his honor and was born 8 months afterward.
“Well I didn’t get to know my dad its kind of lost but at least he is honored today,” Everette Johnson Jr. said.
During the dedication ceremony he was pinned with a gold star sent to him from Senator Joe Manchin.
Dozens of veterans from surrounding areas came out in a show support. Henry Fisher won two purple hearts after being wounded in Vietnam. He said its an honor to see a fellow veteran being recognized but at the same time more works needs to be done to help veterans get the recognition they all deserve.
“Vietnam War was 50 years ago and we’re still fighting a war to get what we deserve which isn’t right but you want guys from Afghanistan and Iraq to continue fighting and then they’re going to come home and replace us and have to fight for the next 50 years its not right,” Fisher said.
The new Everette R. Johnson Memorial Bridge is located on state route 122 and is the second bridge to be designated by the West Virginia Legislature as a Memorial Bridge in Monroe County.