Posted on October 12, 2018
WASHINGTON D.C., Oct. 12, 2018 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate has passed a resolution for the tenth year in a row designating October 30, 2018, as a National Day of Remembrance to honor the contributions of many thousands of Tennesseans – and others around the country – who helped develop and support the nation’s nuclear weapons program during the Cold War.
“At the peak of the Cold War, nearly 600,000 workers across the country were involved in the research and production of nuclear weapons. They weren’t serving in the heat of battle, but in the laboratory – handling materials on a daily basis that ranged from benign to toxic and highly radioactive. These materials posed risks that many scientists didn’t understand at the time,” Alexander said. “In Tennessee, tens of thousands of workers have paid a high price from working countless hours with these hazardous materials to build our nation’s nuclear defense. Our country is safer today because of those men and women. On this day of remembrance – which is the 10th consecutive year we’ve passed this resolution – we recognize the patriotism of these men and women in Tennessee, and across the nation, who have quietly sacrificed for our safety and freedom.”
The Day of Remembrance will honor all Americans who supported the nation’s nuclear weapons programs since World War II, through the Cold War. Between 1942 and 1945, as many as 75,000 individuals worked in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project, and today the Y-12 National Security Complex employs more than 4,700 Tennesseans. Many of these men and women live in Anderson, Knox, Roane, and Blount counties.
Alexander introduced the resolution with Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.). Alexander has cosponsored all 10 resolutions.
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