Friday Apr 12 2013
Three fallen Marines memorialized on bridge
By: Staff Report
Ceremony held by local Blue Star Mothers chapter
The memories of three fallen soldiers were honored recently with plaques placed on an area bridge.
The names of marines Lance Corporal Adam Strain, Lance Corporal John “JT” Lucente and Corporal Sean Stokes are forever mounted onto the newly named Gold Star Memorial Bridge (formerly Brighton Street Overpass) in Grass Valley.
Both Lucente and Stokes graduated from Bear River High School, 2004 and 2001 respectively, and Strain was a Nevada Union High School graduate of 2003.
The Sierra Nevada Blue Star Mothers of America, California Chapter 12, held a ceremony to dedicate the plaques March 30 that included family members, veteran supporters, U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa and Nevada County Board of Supervisor Nate Beason.
Lucente’s family was present and included his mother, Kristine Webb-Mason, from Lake of the Pines, his great grandmother, Helen Pederson from Iowa; Grandparents, Jim and JoAnn Webb; brother Cristopher and his fiancé, Amber; sister, Cassandra Webb and little brother Jake. Jake and Kristine unveiled the plaques in front of an audience of 130 attendees.
The Marine Corps League provided a color guard, the Patriot Guard Riders held the flag line and American Legion Chaplain Dennis Fruzza offered the Invocation.
This was the second such dedication of plaques honoring local fallen heroes from Nevada County that the Blue Star Mothers of America, California 12 completed. The first dedication of two plaques was held in November in the town of Truckee.