Bill to honor members of the “Silent Service” now heads to the Governor’s desk for review
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) today announced that the state Assembly passed legislation he sponsored to designate Route 9 throughout Saratoga County as “United States Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway—Saratoga County.”
The bill (A.8657C/S.6497B) which Tedisco sponsored, has already passed the Senate and will now be sent to the Governor for his review and approval or veto.
Route 9 in Saratoga County was chosen as U.S. Submarine Veterans' Memorial Highway—Saratoga County because of the area’s rich heritage and dense Naval presence in the Capital/Saratoga Region. The Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Milton, Knolls Atomic Power Labs in Niskayuna, and the Naval Support Units in both Glenville and Saratoga, along with New York’s Submarine Veterans group are all close by. Over the years, 57,000 students and staff, including former President Jimmy Carter, have gone through the Nuclear Power training program in Milton and many have returned to make their home in this area.
“It’s fitting that on Flag Day as we honor all the freedoms and liberties that the stars and stripes represent, the state legislature gives some long overdue recognition to the veterans of the ‘Silent Service’ who served in the deepest ocean waters to protect our country and way of life. This is a very small token of appreciation for the huge gift of freedom that our submarine veterans and all our veterans have given and maintained for us,” said Tedisco.
Tedisco noted his district in Ballston Spa also contains the New York State Submariners Memorial at Veterans Park, which contains the names of 447 New York State heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
“Hopefully, as people drive along Route 9 in Saratoga County and see a sign designating the state road as United States Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway they will take a moment and reflect about those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect everything we hold dear as Americans. God Bless all those who served and thanks to those great Americans who even now remain vigilant on patrol across the globe to ensure the United States continues to be the greatest nation on God's Earth,” said Tedisco.