Senate Passes Alexander, Udall Resolution for Nuclear Workers National Day of Remembrance

Posted on September 18, 2013

Resolution honors sacrifice by Tennesseans and Americans around the country who worked on nuclear weapons arsenal

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“In Tennessee, more than 14,000 workers have made claims for compensation, many of whom worked countless hours with little-understood hazardous materials to build our country’s nuclear deterrent.” – Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18– The Senate unanimously passed a resolution today by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.) to designate Oct. 30, 2013 as the fifth National Day of Remembrance for nuclear weapons program workers.

“In Tennessee, more than 14,000 workers have made claims for compensation, many of whom worked countless hours with little-understood hazardous materials to build our country’s nuclear deterrent,” Alexander said. “Many Americans labored behind the scenes, and Tennesseans – like those from Anderson and Roane counties, for example – filed more claims than any other state. It’s these workers, and those all around the country, whose sacrifice we seek to honor with this day of remembrance.”

The Day of Remembrance will honor all Americans, including tens of thousands of Tennessee men and women, who supported the nation’s nuclear efforts since World War II through the Cold War. In addition to Anderson and Roane, these men and women live in Bradley, Blount, Davidson, Knox, Lebanon, Madison, Maury, Morgan, Sevier, Scott and Williamson counties in Tennessee.

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