ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) –– Naming the new Mississippi River Bridge after a politician would be alright says the Assistant Principal at Hancock Place Middle School, but Thomas Dittrich Jr. would rather see it named in honor of women’s veterans.

He admits a personal reason: the death of a former student, Sgt. Amanda Pinson, who was killed in a mortar attack in Iraq five years ago.

“It would honor not only her but all the other woman who have given their lives,” remembering Amanda.

His proposal is to name the new bridge the “Women’s Veterans Memorial Bridge”. Another name being considered in Jefferson City is the “Jerry F. Costello-William ‘Bill’ Clay Sr. Veterans Memorial Bridge”.

“For those who want to name it after some fellow politicians would have their reasons,” Dittrich said. “I just feel strongly about putting our idea out there and for it to be considered.”

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Comments (7)
  1. JoeBorough says:

    I like the Johnny B. Goode bridge recommendation by Bill McCllelan

  2. King says:

    The Bridge to No Where

  3. mike harris says:

    Name the new Mississippi River Bridge after John Hartford. John Hartford (December 30, 1937 – June 4, 2001) was an American folk, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore.

  4. Becky Ward says:

    I agree with Mike. John Hartford loved and lived the Mississippi River. I can’t think of a more appropriate name.

  5. Kevin Linden says:

    I agree with Mike and Becky–The John Hartford Memorial Bridge

  6. Kate Whitaker says:

    It should be John Hartford Memorial Bridge. He was a Steamboat Pilot and listen to and watch this:

    and listen

  7. bud scott says:

    there used to br a huge indian mound right where the bridgs is now on the mo. side. just a large granite boulder now marks the spot. Indian Mound Bridge or something like that. afterall this is mound city.

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