The planning for the May 1st First Lieutenant Howard R. 'Bob' Crothers Bridge Memorial ceremony nears completion. The day will consist of two events.
At 11 a.m. a formal military dedication ceremony will take place at the New Martinsville Marina near the Fishing Creek Bridge, which will be renamed the Lt. Howard R. 'Bob' Crothers Memorial Bridge. State and local dignitaries as well as family and friends will participate in the ceremony, which takes place on the 44th anniversary of Lt. Crothers sacrifice for his country. Sean Maxwell, Magnolia High School student, and David Morgan, United States Coast Guard will perform the music.
All area residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony. The planning committee asks that people be in place by 10:50 a.m. to allow the ceremony to begin on time without disruption.
1st First Lieutenant Howard R. ‘Bob’ Crothers
The public-at-large attendees are recommended to bring a lawn or fold up chair as special seating will only be available for family and special guests.
Following the dedication ceremony, family and friends will gather at the Robert H. Mollohan Center for a fun celebration of Lt. Crothers' life.
The public is invited to attend this reception, but are urged to obtain a $5 donation reservation ticket ahead of time at Witschey's Service Center or from Debbie Mason at the New Martinsville Library.
The planning committee is so appreciative of the marvelous support they are receiving from across the state, county, and New Martinsville. The outstanding leadership of State President Jeff Kessler, Senator Larry Edgell, and Delegate David Pethtel made this event happen. The Department of Highways, Wetzel County Commission, New Martinsville's Mayor and City Council, Magnolia High School, local businesses (Witschey's Market, Quinet's Court Restaurant, McDonald's, and the Wetzel Chronicle), organizations (VFW Post 6327, American Legion Posts 28, 67, and 86), and several friends of Lt. Crothers have all stepped forward to make this memorial event a special day.
It is not too often that a town gets a chance to recognize a hometown hero. On May 1, New Martinsville will have that rare opportunity.