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July 4, 2014

Twin Cities highway name change official

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A bill to officially rededicate the Twin Cities Memorial Highway to honor fallen Vietnam veterans has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation, authored by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, will officially change the name of the roadway to the Twin Cities Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.

Schimminger noted that with this weekend being a holiday that celebrates the independence of our country, “it is appropriate that we remember the sacrifices of all who served to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy today.”

The Vietnam War was a defining moment for a generation and today the Vietnam-era veterans comprise the largest single block of veterans in the Twin Cities and New York state, officials said.

“Forty-four years ago, the intent of our local officials was to honor those who died in Vietnam by dedicating the Young and Division Street Arterial in their honor,” Schimminger said. “But in the early-1970’s as the war still raged in the jungles of Vietnam and war protesters marched in the streets, the words ‘Vietnam veterans’ were not included in the formal naming of the highway. That omission has now been corrected with the passage of my bill rededicating the highway and the governor’s signature making it a law.”  

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