Alexander: Senate Honors Nation’s Nuclear Weapons Workers

Says resolution recognizes contributions of thousands of Tennesseans, others around country, who have worked with hazardous materials to build and maintain our nation’s nuclear defense

Posted on September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Senate unanimously passed his resolution designating Oct. 30, 2015, as the seventh National Day of Remembrance to honor the hundreds of thousands of workers across the nation who helped develop the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

Alexander said: “At the peak of the Cold War, nearly 600,000 workers across the country were involved in the research and production of nuclear weapons. Thousands of Tennesseans worked with hazardous materials to build and maintain our nation’s nuclear defense. On this day of remembrance, we honor these Tennesseans and those around the country who have quietly sacrificed for our safety and freedom.”

The Day of Remembrance will honor all Americans, including tens of thousands of Tennessee men and women, 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 worked in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project, and today the Y-12 National Security Complex employs more than 4,600 Tennesseans. Many of these men and women live in Anderson, Knox, Roane, and Blount counties.

Alexander introduced the resolution on June 24, 2015. Original cosponsors of the National Day of Remembrance include Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), Lisa Murkowski (R–Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

The resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent.  


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