PARKERSBURG -More than 50 people attended the bridge dedication ceremony to a Wood County veteran Thursday.
The new bridge on West Virginia 2 over Interstate 77 was dedicated to U.S. Navy veteran Andrew Mollohan, a former Wood County resident. Mollohan committed suicide in 2009.
Several members of the Mollohan family attended the event, including Mollohan's parents, Tom and Alice Mollohan.
State Delegate Bill Anderson, R-Wood, served as master of ceremonies. U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was a featured speaker. The event was also attended by Delegates John Ellem, R-Wood, and Dan Poling, D-Wood, the American Legion Post 15 and members of the Patriot Guard.
Capito said the dedication was "memorializing a life well-served" and the bridge would serve as a remembrance of the sacrifices made. She said veterans need to be cared for, not just for physical wounds and injuries, but for emotional scars such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Tom Mollohan, who approached state lawmakers with the idea of the bridge dedication, said his son did not suffer from PTSD or military-related issues. Mollohan said his son was falsely accused of sex abuse by a stepdaughter. Andrew Mollohan was exonerated of the charges but was devastated by the accusations, his father said.
Mollohan was 40, with 22 years of service in the Navy.
"He thought his career, his life was over," Tom Mollohan said.
Capito said she was moved by the dedication of the Mollohan family.