Brewster, N.Y. – 9/03/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee has announced that he will be introducing legislation to name two Hudson Valley Bridges in honor of our veterans.
The first piece of legislation Senator Ball will propose, is to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge the ‘Purple Heart Memorial Bridge’. The second piece of legislation will rename the bridge span on the Taconic State Parkway at Bryant Pond Road in Putnam County to the ‘Disabled American Veterans’ Bridge’ (D.A.V.).
“The men and women returning home from service to our country with injuries incurred in the line of duty are so worthy of this dedication,” Senator Ball, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, said. “The new Tappan Zee Bridge and the Taconic State Parkway bridge at Bryant Pond Road will serve as a constant reminder that freedom is not free, it is paid for by the blood, sweat and tears of our service men and women.”
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.
“Upon much thought I initiated the effort to rename the new Tappan Zee Bridge the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge,” said Willy Nazario, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 21. “If so named, it will serve as a constant reminder to all who cross it of the sacrifices and cost of freedom.”
Recently the Disabled American Veterans of Northern Westchester/Putnam Chapter Number 137 sent a letter to Senator Ball requesting New York State recognize the sacrifices the military has made in the course of their service for our nation. The letter noted statewide there are over 10,500 disabled veterans.
“Freedom and liberty are the title and deed of the soil we stand on. That price of that freedom and liberty is very expensive. The men and women that have served our nation have all paid that price,” said Eugene Parotta, Chairman of Senator Ball’s Veterans’ Advisory Council and member of the of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 21. “I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball for spearheading this legislation.”
Senator Ball will introduce both pieces of legislation when the New York State Senate returns to session in January.
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