Plaque, eagle returned to new Memorial Bridge

5:54 AM, Oct 31, 2013   |    comments
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A refurbished veterans memorial plaque and eagle have been brought back to the renovated Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine.

The plaque, honoring those who served in World War I, the eagle and the two rondelles - the seals of the state of New Hampshire and the United States - were all refurbished.

A crane was used on a barge to hoist the frame to which the pieces were attached. Holes were drilled in the bridge and the frame was bolted into place.

The 90-year-old eagle and plaque had been on the Portsmouth side of the first Memorial Bridge. The pieces weigh about 7,500 pounds total.

The new bridge connecting Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery opened in August, replacing one that was built in 1923.






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