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Interstate 81 bridge plaque to honor sailors

October 11, 2006

HALFWAY - A plaque will be unveiled Thursday dedicating a bridge over Interstate 81 to two Washington County sailors who died when the USS Cole was bombed in 2000.

The plaque will be dedicated Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at the Halfway Boulevard bridge, said Tony Pruchniewski, the president of the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County.

Pruchniewski said state Sen. Donald. F. Munson, R-Washington, is scheduled to be there, along with representatives from the state's departments of Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

The plaque will honor U.S. Navy Fireman Patrick Roy of Keedysville and Seaman Craig Wibberley of Williamsport, who died in the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing. Both were 19 years old.

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Signs in the sailors' honor were put up near the bridge in 2004.

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