Mayor Chris Beutler and Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska Adjutant General, will participate in a bridge-naming ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, March 31 to honor the late Staff Sergeant Patrick Hamburger of the Nebraska Army National Guard. The ceremony will be at the Nebraska Army National Guard “Spirit of 1776” Armory, 1776 N. 10th Street. The “Big X” bridge at the intersection of Salt Creek Roadway and N. Antelope Valley Pkwy. will be renamed the Staff Sergeant Patrick Hamburger Veterans Memorial Bridge. Due to space constraints, the ceremony is not open to the public.
Hamburger graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1999 and joined the Nebraska Army National Guard in July 1998. He was mobilized as a flight engineer for Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2011 as a member of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation. Hamburger died in Afghanistan August 6, 2011 of wounds he received when his helicopter was attacked by insurgents. He was among 30 American and eight Afghan service members killed in the crash. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and buried with full military honors August 20, 2011 at Wyuka Cemetery.
Other speakers at the event include Robert Mador of Bridges for the Fallen, family and friends.