NEW MILFORD, N.J. — The Girl Scouts of New Milford – all 200 of them – faithfully renew the decorations on the Merschrod Memorial Bridge on Main Street.
The bridge was dedicated to Pfc. Lawrence Merschrod, who was killed in action at Dinh-Tuong, Vietnam, on Sept. 27, 1968. He was 20.
For summer, the bridge fencing features patriotic banners and, as usual, items symbolic of the season or holiday at hand.
Now there are flip flops and sand buckets amid the American flags and “USA” signs.
“Ten years ago, the Girl Scouts of New Milford ‘adopted’ to honor Larry Merschrod,” said Donna Colucci, service unit manager of the local scouts.
The slain soldier was the uncle of Sandy Merschrod Aab, owner of New Hair Concepts on River Road and long-standing Girl Scout leader.
Each month, all year round, a different troop dedicates an hour of its time to decorate the bridge. There are about 15 troops in the borough.
On St. Patrick’s Day, the scouts deck out the bridge in green, Colucci said. In September, the theme is fall, in October, Halloween, and so on.