November 7 2018

Update: Bill to Dedicate Burlington Bridge in Honor of LCpl Gregory MacDonald Going to Gov.'s Desk


Burlington’s representatives in the State House have introduced a bill to dedicate a bridge in town to the only Burlington resident to sacrifice his life in the service of the United State Military since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the House to pass a bill that would rename a bridge on Cambridge Street at I-95 in Burlington the Lance Corporal Gregory E. MacDonald Memorial Bridge, a release from his office states. Marine LCpl Gregory MacDonald of Burlington gave his life serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. State Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) announced last Thursday that the bill also passed in the senate and is now heading to Gov. Baker’s desk for signing.

“It is critically important that we never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our safety,” Rep. Gordon said. “Dedicating this bridge in honor of Greg is one small thing we can do to honor his service to our country. It shows that Burlington will never forget his sacrifice.”

Sen. Friedman said the timing of the bill is appropriate considering the upcoming Veterans Day observance.

“As we approach Veterans Day, it is only appropriate that we remember those who have put their lives on the line to secure our freedom,” she said. “Greg is one of those individuals, and we should be forever grateful for the ultimate sacrifice he made for our nation and all that he contributed to our community.”

MacDonald graduated Burlington High School and subsequently moved to Washington, DC where he earned a master’s degree in Philosophy and Near East Policy from American University in 2001. In 1999, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. As a member of Bravo Company 4th Reconnaissance Battalion at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD, LCpl MacDonald was activated in February 2003.

LCpl MacDonald died on June 25, 2003, in the city of Hilla, Iraq, at the age of 29. While another Marine unit was under ambush, LCpl MacDonald’s light armored vehicle raced to assist when the vehicle flipped, killing MacDonald and injuring two other Marines. LCpl MacDonald remains the only veteran from Burlington to be killed following 9/11.



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