Jamaica Way Bridge renamed Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo and Brian Arredondo Memorial Bridge
Jamaica Plain, MA: 9.28.2017 The Jamaica Plane Bridge has been renamed the Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo and Brian Arredondo Memorial Bridge. Their father, Carlos Arredondo, lost Alexander in Iraq in 2004, and Brian to suicide in 2011. Carlos is an advocate for suicide prevention. The Arredondo Family Foundation – http://arredondofoundation.org/
Governor Charlie Baker today joined parents Carlos Arredondo and Victoria Foley, MassDOT Acting Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, and local leaders to celebrate the naming of a bridge in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston in honor of Marine Lance Corporal Alexander S. Arredondo and his brother Brian Arredondo.
Marine Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo was the oldest child of Carlos Arredondo and Victoria Foley. He joined the Marines in the early enlistment program in 2001. Deployed in January of 2003 with the first wave of Marines in Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was killed in Najaf, Iraq in 2004 at the age of 20 during his second deployment. Brian Arredondo was Alexander’s younger brother and suffered greatly after his death. Despite seeking assistance for depression, anxiety and grief, Brian died by suicide in 2011 at the age of 24.
“We are honored to dedicate this bridge to the memory of Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo in recognition of his service to this nation and to his younger brother Brian, who displayed courage and bravery in the face of mental health challenges following his brother’s death,” said Governor Baker. “This bridge will stand as an important reminder of the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans and the families who support them in service.”
“The memories of Alexander and Brian will forever live on with their family and friends, and all those who serve or see a loved one go into harm’s way,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “On behalf of the Administration and citizens of the Commonwealth, we celebrate the lives of these two men and pause to reflect on the contributions made by our veterans and the toll a death in the military can take on all those who suffer the loss.”
“We are grateful to Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Office of Veterans Services for recognizing both Brian and Alex Arredondo,” said President and Co-founder of the Arredondo Family Foundation Carlos Arredondo. “This is a great honor. The memory of both of our sons continues to inspire us in the work we do today. We are especially grateful that through this bridge dedication, Massachusetts is acknowledging the sacrifice of our soldiers, veterans and their families, and recognizing the fact that suicide is occurring as well among military family members.”
The bridge that was dedicated carries traffic on the Jamaicaway over Huntington Avenue (Route 9) in Jamaica Plan. Brian and Alexander Arredondo were both born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital near this location.
“This bridge will help preserve the legacy of Alexander and Brian Arredondo,” said Acting Highway Administrator Gulliver. “MassDOT is pleased to honor their lives and help to educate the public regarding all that veterans and their families have given to our communities and our country.”
“This bridge is a fitting tribute to the memory of Arredondo brothers and their family,” said Secretary Ureña.
Brian and Alex are also survived by their step-mother Mélida Arredondo and their younger brother Nathan Foley. This is the first bridge in Massachusetts to be dedicated to an individual lost to suicide.
“Naming this bridge after the Arredondo brothers admirably calls our attention to the sacrifices made by all of our veterans, and specifically to the sacrifices made by this family, and their enduring commitment to the cause of suicide prevention in the face of their own losses,” said Senator Cynthia Stone Creem.
“This bridge will serve as an enduring monument to Alexander and Brian, and a reminder of the struggles that connect so many families all across our Commonwealth,” said State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz. “I am honored that Jamaica Plain will have the opportunity to lift up the memory of these young men and highlight the challenges they faced.”
This is an important chance to honor the sacrifice Alex Arredondo made for his country and to recognize the hardships faced by service members’ families,” said State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez. “Alexander and Brian will serve as inspiration for all who travel underneath this bridge. It is a reminder to families that they are not alone in this struggle.”
via MASSDOT by Klark Jessen