FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich
Kavulich legislation honors 109th Infantry
HARRISBURG, June 4 –Today the House unanimously passed state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich’s legislation that would designate the bridge crossing the Lackawanna River along U.S. Business Route 6 as the 109th Infantry Bridge.
The bridge runs through downtown Carbondale along Eighth Avenue in Lackawanna County.
“I feel humbled by what those who served the 109th Infantry have given to secure and protect our freedom,” Kavulich said. “On the heels of Memorial Day, it’s a privilege to recognize their contributions to World Wars I and II and the sacrifices made by their soldiers.”
Units of the 109th Infantry have been engaged in all wars of this nation dating back to the American Revolution. Its origins can be traced back to the Scranton City Guard Battalion, National Guard of Pennsylvania, which was organized on Aug. 14, 1877. Most recently, members of the 109th Infantry have been engaged in supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The measure would designate the state Transportation Department responsible for creating and maintaining appropriate signs displaying this designation at each end of the bridge. Signs displaying the names of the bridge to traffic would also bear the 109th Infantry’s motto, “Cives arma ferant: Let the citizens bear arms.”
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.