NH manufacturer offers money for veterans tribute
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—A New Hampshire businessman is offering $25,000 to go toward the construction of a memorial to American veterans near a new bridge that will connect the state to Maine.
Jim Teetzel owns Wilcox Industries in Portsmouth, which makes tactical equipment for U.S. Special Forces. In a letter to the city, he and his wife, Laurie, said the offering is to share their commitment to reinforcing the concept of the Memorial Bridge as a tribute to American veterans.
The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/HjRW3w) the couple wants to work with the community to construct a fitting tribute with flags and a base constructed of local material, such as granite.
The nearly 90-year-old bridge that connected Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, is being dismantled. A new bridge is being built for next year.
Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com