Bridge Opening Kicks of Memorial Weekend

Andrew McCawley

Omaha, NE (KPTM)-The original South Omaha Bridge opened in 1936, so it seemed right that the first cars that drove over the new Veterans Memorial Bridge were vintage cars straight out of the 30s.

But even more fitting was the drivers of those cars were veterans, kicking off the Memorial Day weekend.

"I am very proud the Veteran's Memorial Bridge has been completed in time for this long holiday weekend, there are going to be many veterans related events this weekend and the opportunity for veterans and others to drive over this bridge will be very important," say Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, who served in the U.S. Army.

The four-lane bridge connecting Omaha and Council Bluffs cost $90 million, and took two years to complete.

Omaha City Councilman, and former U.S. Marine Gary Gernandt, knows what an important symbol the memorial bridge will be.

"I think we should all give thanks to the many veterans who served their county to preserve our freedoms, and this bridge truly stand as a testimony to their unlimited dedication," says Gernandt.

"It is not only a memorial to those who have worn the uniform but truly an important part to the future of Iowa and Nebraska," says Iowa Governor Chet Culver.

And since all of our current and past veterans made that bright future possible, there was a lot of appreciation shown today.

"We want to thank you for service to country and I want to let you know, as a veteran, I am proud of what you've done and continue to do for our great country," says Heineman.