In about 1953-54, I was in the Bristol Tennessee High School Viking Band. Several of us band members played at the bridge dedication. I'm not real positive on the years. The dedication took place in a large open area on the bridges south side. When it was dedicated, the local American Legion chapter was in full attendance and it was dubbed the "American Legion Memorial Bridge". I have also heard it referred to as the Veterans Bridge, Highway 421 Bridge, South Holston Bridge and probably a few others I can't remember. The name, "American Legion Memorial Bridge", has always stuck in my mind as the proper name. At one time, there was a plague located near the north approach to the bridge but I cannot remember the inscription on it or when it was placed.
Jerry, you're right. I have located a picture of the plaque, but I don't know where the original was placed. It is, indeed, the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Thanks for the info!
Talking to some old veterans,including one who surveyed the site prior to the bridge being built and others who was at the opening of the bridge,with the Veterans Honor Guard,alone with a 21 gun salute,who says the Original name of the bridge was "American Legion" Bridge to honor our deceased veterans. they are looking thru their old pictures to prove it. They say a bronze plaque naming the bridge was placed a the base of the bridge.
Any others remember the opening?