Bill seeks to name Derry bridge for Marine
Councilors voted unanimously in September to name the bridge, just west of the Marion Gerish Community Center, in honor of Lance Cpl. Michael Geary.
While on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Geary was killed in combat on Dec. 8, 2010. Geary was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Geary grew up in Derry and graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 2009.
The councilor said she is a supporter of the effort and, if called on, will give testimony. The bill will have to go through the Senate and then the House. If it is approved by the Legislature, it would be up to Gov. Maggie Hassan to approve or veto it.
She said the process for the bill to pass is a lengthy one, and she estimated it wouldn’t be finalized until spring.
The bridge is municipally owned with Derry’s urban compact, and the council has the authority to approve the dedication request, according to an opinion by the Municipal Association.