U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today honor the thousands of men and women who supported the nation’s nuclear efforts during the Cold War. The senators sponsored legislation that passed Congress earlier this year declaring October 30, 2009 as a national day of remembrance for past and present workers in America's nuclear weapons program.
“More workers were exposed to the hazards of nuclear weapons manufacturing in Tennessee than any other state in the country, and today we honor those men and women and their families who served in that time of need,” Alexander said. “These men and women made our victory in the Cold War possible by putting their health and lives in jeopardy for their country, often without knowing it.”
“While our military men and women are often foremost in our minds when we think of public service, civilian workers and their families have also made extraordinary sacrifices to keep our nation safe, particularly during the Cold War,” Corker said. “Today all Americans should give thanks for the dedication of these patriotic citizens, whose quiet, often unheralded work helped to preserve freedom at home and abroad.”
The bipartisan resolution – introduced by Senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), Alexander, Corker and 9 other senators from both parties – unanimously passed the Senate in May.