Brewster, N.Y. – (8/08/12) –Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) joined Atomic Veteran Edward Gettler of Mahopac today at his district office in Brewster to present Mr. Gettler with a New York State Resolution proclaiming July 15, 2012, as Atomic Veterans’ Day in the State of New York.
Between 1945 and 1963, the United States conducted some 235 atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific and the American South west. There were over 220,000 American service men and women witnessed and participated in these tests, or served in forces occupying Hiroshima and Nagasaki immediately following World War II.
National Atomic Veterans’ Day is a day dedicated to those patriotic Americans who, through their participation in these tests, helped lead the United States to the forefront of technology in defense of the freedoms we as Americans hold so dear.
“Very few people realize the silent sacrifices made by heroes like Ed and their families. This resolution shows our support to our Atomic Veterans who literally put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. I praise Edward Gettler for his service and for helping to make this possible,” said Senator Ball who Chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. “America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of veterans like Ed.”
“I want the American people to know about Atomic Veterans and I want them to know what we did. So many times I have been in a store with my cap or jacket on and people ask what an atomic veteran is. The general public is unaware of what we did as a community of Atomic Veterans,” said Atomic Veteran Edward Gettler. “I was greatly moved by this resolution, this is a millstone in my life. When I called upon Senator Ball he listened and took action. Greg Ball is like a saint for me, he is truly a genuine person.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.