June 09, 2008
Richard Buerstetta Bridge dedication set for June 19
(Fairview, TN, June 9, 2008) — State Senator Jack Johnson and State Representative Phillip Johnson, who represent Fairview in the Tennessee General Assembly, will be dedicating a bridge in honor of the memory of Lance Corporal Richard A. Buerstetta on Thursday, June 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Highway 96 overpass of Highway 100 in Fairview.
Buerstetta, who was in the United States Marine Corps, was killed during combat operations on October 22, 2006, while serving in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq. The bridge spans State Route 96 on State Route 100 at log mile 6.67 in the City of Fairview, and is near his parent’s home in western Williamson County.
The Honor Guard from Corporal Buerstetta’s unit will present the colors during the brief ceremony and several of his fellow soldiers, under the leadership of Major Sean Roche are expected to attend. Fairview City Police will direct traffic and close one lane of the bridge beginning at 5 p.m. for the ceremony, but traffic will be allowed to pass on the
“Corporal Buerstetta has been described by all who know him as one of the finest young men this nation has ever produced and a ‘Marine’s Marine’ by his comrades and superior officers,” said Senator Johnson. “We are very pleased to be able to honor his memory by naming a bridge for this courageous and outstanding Williamson County native.”
A graduate of Franklin High School, Buerstetta had distinguished himself as an excellent all-round athlete. He joined the United States Marine Corps after witnessing the
tragic events of September 11, 2001 and to fulfill a lifetime dream to better serve his country. While in Iraq, the active Marine helped build a gymnasium in his spare time in the Al Anbar Province. After his death, his unit named the gymnasium in Lance Corporal Buerstetta’s honor.
“This young man embraced all that was good about our state and nation,” added Rep. Johnson. “He had the true spirit of a Tennessee volunteer in which we are so well known. It is truly a privilege to have a role in honoring this outstanding Marine. The naming of this bridge will serve as an example to all about the sacrifices of those who fought to keep this nation free.”
Corporal Buerstetta is survived by his parents, Paul and Madeline Buerstetta; sister, Avrill Buerstetta; brother Thomas Buerstetta; grandmother, Eleanor Britt; step grandfather, William Britt; and fiancée, Jennifer Hilber.