In the summer of 2018 the bridge that joins the communities of Savanna, Illinois and Sabula, Iowa was dedicated and renamed in the honor of a local veteran, Dale Gardner. Locals from the town of Sebula and Savanna came together to celebrate the dedication. Gardner grew up in Savanna and went on to serve in the U.S Navy. He also spent time as a mission specialist astronaut for NASA. He spent over fourteen days in space. The bridge will be called the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial bridge, but it honors all those who have served.
"Today we take this very special bridge and we permanently dedicate it to the veterans of the United States of America," said Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner and representative Tony McCombie both made appearances at the ceremony.
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