Fauquier Veterans Bridge Council
May 22, 2014
The FAUQUIER VETERANS BRIDGE COUNCIL is pleased to announce Rear Admiral Elaine C. Wagner, Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Wounded, Ill and Injured, will serve as our guest speaker during the Opal Bypass bridge renaming ceremony to honor Medal of Honor Recipient William Shacklette, a Fauquier County native.
The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 31 at Liberty High School beginning at 10 a.m.will hold a ceremony to rename the Opal Bypass after Medal of Honor recipient William Shacklette on May 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Liberty High School in Bealeton, VA.
The first bridge named by the FVBC is for Delaplane, Va., native, Hospital Steward William Sidney Shacklette who earned the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions July 21,1905. His citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Hospital Steward William Sidney Shacklette, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on board the U.S.S. BENNINGTON, displayed at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, California, 21 July 1905. On March 19, 2014, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved by resolution the naming of flyover at Routes 15/29 and Route 17 known as the Opal Bypass, in Opal, as the “William Sidney Shacklette Bypass.” The Fauquier County board of supervisors requested the name change for the Opal Bypass by resolution in November 2013 on behalf of the Fauquier Veterans Bridge Council (FVBC), which formed in 2013 to facilitate a process to rename bridges in Fauquier County after military veterans. On Feb. 14, 2013, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of the FVBC mission to rename the bridges in the county after military veterans, which enabled the county government to officially petition Virginia to rename the bridges.
The Fauquier Veterans Bridge Council is an organization made up of military veterans and county volunteers committed to the mission of renaming the county’s bridges after Fauquier County military veterans based primarily on a documented hierarchy of valor according to U.S. military medals. Nominations are vetted by the FVBC board and then once approved are submitted to Fauquier County for its endorsement. Once the nomination package is approved by Fauquier County, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors officially requests approval for the bridge name change by submitting a package to the Commonwealth Transportation Committee, which gives final approval for any bridge name requests in Virginia.