At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Rowlett City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting an effort to ascribe the name “Heroes Bridge” to the SH 66 bridge between Rowlett and Rockwall.
Several years ago, Jeffery Gray, a retired Marine and one of our recognized Rowlett Vets, began walking the bridge every day to honor the men and women in uniform who had made the ultimate sacrifice. With TxDOT permission, he began hanging American and POW/MIA flags on the bridge throughout the year. More recently, his walks have been to bring attention to those 22 men and women in uniform, including first responders, who commit suicide each day.
This then led to the #WalkTheBridge movement, directed by Third Watch LE Motorcycle Club and supported by Rowlett’s Veterans Resource and Outreach Center (VROC). #WalkTheBridge takes place on the 22nd of each month to continue this awareness and place a focus on bringing updated mental health programs to our first responder and military communities. At the end of last year, these groups began the Heroes Bridge effort and the campaign has garnered support from TxDOT, local Chambers of Commerce, state and local elected officials and many, many residents in our community.
These groups are planning a renaming ceremony at 9am on September 26 at the bridge to officially unveil the name.