Dedication ceremony for Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge set for Saturday

Contact: Dan Weingarten, MDOT Office of Communications,
 weingartend2@michigan.gov
906-485-6322, ext. 136
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
The family of Heath M. Robinson will have a dedication ceremony for the newly renamed Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge.

WHO:
Family and friends of Heath M. Robinson
Military honor guard units
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard representatives
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff
Interested citizens

WHEN:
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
10 a.m.

WHERE:
Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge, 26 miles west of St. Ignace on US-2
Mackinac County (between Epoufette and Brevort)

BACKGROUND:
Navy Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, a resident of Petoskey and Mackinac Island, was killed in action on Aug. 6, 2011. Robinson was in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter when it was shot down over Wardak Province in Afghanistan. The crash claimed the lives of 30 American service members and eight members of the Afghan military, making it the largest single-day loss of life in Naval Special Warfare history.

Former State Rep. Frank Foster introduced a bill to rename the bridge in Robinson's honor in September 2013. The measure was approved by both houses of the Michigan Legislature in 2014, and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Oct. 22, 2014.

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