LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Two bills have been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo officially designating portions of Rte. 15A as the Springwater Veterans Memorial Highway and the Livonia Veterans Memorial Highway.
According to a press release from Senator Catherine Young, who wrote the legislation, this stretch of state highway runs nine miles and will serve as an acknowledgment to the efforts of local service members.
“Every one of our veterans is a national treasure,” said Senator Young. “They epitomize everything it means to be an American – service, dedication, sacrifice for the greater good, humility, and patriotism. Each of us owes them a debt of gratitude and our deepest respect. Designating this portion of the highway shows them how much we appreciate all that they have given for our great state and the nation.”
According to statistics gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau, Livingston County is home to approximately 5,000 American veterans.
“Many of our community’s service members have paid the ultimate price for their country and our safety,” said Senator Young. “We want to take time to remember those veterans who are no longer with us because it was their actions that keep us safe now.”
“The Committee for Veterans Memorial Highway 15A is deeply grateful to Senator Young for her leadership of this worthy designation in honor of our veterans,” said Mary Tichenor, President of the Legion Auxiliary Unit #664. “We also appreciate the support of municipal leaders and the many veterans and patriotic organizations who endorsed this project.”
Senator Young added that the designations should be a daily reminder to Livingston County residents of the deep sacrifices made by men and women of service.
“Too often service members who come home bear the physical and emotional scars from their service,” said Senator Young. “They have given their energy and their lives, so that we may live free. We cannot allow ourselves to let that sacrifice fade from our memories. The Springwater Veterans Memorial Highway and Livonia Veterans Memorial Highway will provide residents and visitors a daily reminder, and serves as another way that we, as citizens of this great state, can say ‘thank you’ to our veterans.”