LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) today said that holding a ceremonial bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder for House Bill 5715, from the previous legislative session, near the Memorial Day holiday refocuses our attention on honoring and showing our appreciation for our veterans. HB 5715, now Public Act 498 of 2014, names a bridge in Ontonagon County the Ontonagon County Veterans Memorial Bridge. The bill received overwhelming support in both the House and Senate.

“Veterans and their families deserve our gratitude and support, and I am pleased that my colleagues and I were able to pass this bill to ensure that our Ontonagon County veterans will be recognized for their service,” said Dianda. “Naming this bridge in honor of these veterans is our best way of publicly recognizing their service and showing visitors to our community our appreciation of them. But our work on behalf of our veterans doesn’t stop here. I will continue working with my colleagues and the veterans of House District 110 to pass legislation that meets the needs of our veterans and their families.”

Dianda introduced the bill last session following a recommendation from the Ontonagon County Veterans’ Association, which has been in operation for 10 years. The bridge mentioned in the new law is located on highway M-64 over the Ontonagon River in Ontonagon Township.