Alexander: Senate Honors Nation’s Nuclear Weapons Workers

Posted on October 31, 2017

“On this day of remembrance, we honor those Tennesseans and those all around the country, who have quietly sacrificed for our safety and freedom.” - Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2017 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced Senate passage of a resolution designating Oct. 30, 2017, as the ninth National Day of Remembrance to honor the contributions of thousands of Tennesseans and others around the country who helped develop and support the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts 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. Ten of thousands of Tennesseans who didn’t serve in the heat of battle served in the laboratory, where they worked with hazardous materials to build and maintain our nation’s nuclear defense,” Alexander said. “On this day of remembrance, we honor these Tennesseans and those all around the country 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, and those who continue to work in nuclear weapons programs today. 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.) on October 17, 2017. Original cosponsors of the National Day of Remembrance include Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Corey Gardner (R-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Orin Hatch (R-Utah), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

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