Bridge dedicated to fallen Iron Range veteran

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A bridge dedication ceremony has held Saturday morning for fallen Iron Range veteran, Army Specialist Noah Pierce.

Pierce took his life more than 14 years ago after serving two tours in Iraq.

His mother, Cheryl Softich, said she is proud that her son is the first veteran who suffered from “invisible wounds” to be recognized by the national program Bridges for the Fallen.

“For me, this was the final thing I wanted to do because I want to know when I die, his name is spoken for generations to come," she explained.

Softich said she hopes this dedication will help the loved ones of other veterans with similar stories to that of her son going forward.

The Specialist Noah Pierce Memorial Bridge is located where Highway 53 passes over Highway 37 between Eveleth and Gilbert.

Pierce went to school in Eveleth-Gilbert where he graduated in 2002. He joined the Army at 17 and returned from honorable service June 26, 2006. He passed away July 26, 2007.