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Nov 8, 2008 1:47 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Grafitti mural honors Jordan Haerter on Rt. 114 Bridge

Nov 8, 2008 1:47 PM

Somebody was well ahead of the state in making the most of the bridge between North Haven and Sag Harbor to honor U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter. Though the state will rename the bridge for him in a ceremony scheduled for Long Wharf this Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, someone last month painted a graffiti mural in memory of the 2006 Pierson High School graduate on the concrete foundation under the Sag Harbor side.

The mural has been there for about two or three weeks, said Sag Harbor Mayor Greg Ferraris. It was up to 
the state, which owns the bridge, to decide when to remove the mural, 
he said, describing the artist as “obviously a very talented individual.” The mayor added it was “too bad he couldn’t apply his talents” in a way that was legal.

Lance Corporal Haerter died in April early in his first tour of duty in Iraq when a suicide bomber drove a truck through the checkpoint he was guarding outside the city of Ramahdi. Military officials said his actions, resulting in the early detonation of the bomb, saved the lives of more than 30 Marines and more than 50 Iraqi police.

His mother, JoAnn Lyles of Sag Harbor, expressed appreciation for the sentiments of the mural but added in an interview that the artist was known in Sag Harbor for having defaced public property. She said he was a Sag Harbor man in his 20s. Police had told her, she said, that they can’t arrest him unless they catch him in the act.

Ms. Lyles said the state had been asked to leave the mural intact through Saturday’s dedication ceremony, which will include members of the First Battalion Ninth Marine Regiment, which was Jordan’s regiment. Village officials are expecting a large crowd, she said, and parking is limited near the bridge, so the public is being asked to park at Mashashimuet Park, off upper Main Street outside downtown Sag Harbor. Free bus service to Long Wharf, where the ceremony will take place, will be provided by Hampton Jitney, she said.

The bridge and the section of Route 114 from the North Haven roundabout to the bridge will be closed during the ceremony.

PETER BOODY

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Can we see a larger picture of the mural? It looks nice.
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Nov 11, 08 11:59 AM
They're coming... We have them, just not uploaded yet.
By Oliver Peterson (19), Southampton Press on Nov 12, 08 12:36 AM
Well, seeing it now, some of the text is goofy. But does anyone see the bottom of that bridge anyway?
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Nov 13, 08 9:46 AM