Feb. 03, 2020

HARRISBURG – Today, legislation drafted by Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) to honor a local veteran by naming a portion of U.S. Route 219 after him received unanimous support from the House Transportation Committee.

“Specialist Twigg made an incredible sacrifice that most of us can’t imagine. Without the brave souls who are willing to put it all on the line, we wouldn’t be enjoying the freedoms that are basic rights in the United States,” Dowling said. “We must always remember the men and women who made the life we have possible.”

House Bill 2217 would designate a bridge on the portion of U.S. Route 219 over State Route 2047 in Summit Township in Somerset County as the SP4 Michael William Twigg Memorial Bridge.

A native of Meyersdale, Twigg served in the United States Army. He gave his life in service to his country during the Vietnam War when he was a heavy vehicle driver. Twigg served with the C Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division and reached Specialist 4th Class.

Twigg received the National Defense Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

After receiving support from the committee, the bill moves to the full House for consideration.

Representative Matt Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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