GALLIPOLIS — Bossard Memorial Library, Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, and the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up to honor those lost when the Silver Bridge Collapsed on Dec. 15, 1967.
While the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) is planning an event on that same day in Point Pleasant, prior to the event in Gallipolis, the visitors bureau wanted to do something simple in Gallia County for those who lost their lives that day.
Part of the memorial service in Gallipolis will be a display of written accounts of that day by anyone that has memories and can recount the events of the collapse. They will tell the different stories of people’s memories of that day from their individual perspective, with the hope of understanding how the collapse initially affected Gallia County.
Written accounts will be on display at Bossard library as part of the memorial on the week of Dec. 15. Submissions can me sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought in to the bureau office on Second Avenue. Bossard will contribute to the display with some of their content about the collapse; books, photos, and possibly blown up microfiche images of newspaper articles.
Also on display that day will be images from Dec. 15, 1967 of the bridge played on the projection screen in the River Room. Part of the evening will include a reading of the names of those who died in the collapse and recounts of that day.
“The main goal is to honor the 46 that died on that day,” said Kaitlynn Halley, assistant director at the visitors bureau. “We wanted to choose something simple and respectful.”
The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 in the Riverside Room at Bossard, with refreshments available. To learn more about the event, contact the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 740-446-6882 or visit it at 441 Second Avenue in Gallipolis.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.