Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Vincent Leibell announced legislation (A.4435-A/S.2233-A) designating the Hudson Valley POW/MIA Memorial Highway. The designation covers the entire state road of 9D from Castle Point in the City of Beacon to the Bear Mountain Bridge in the Town of Philipstown, New York.
"Our soldiers make enormous sacrifices for our nation," said Assemblywoman Galef. "They and their families put their lives on the line to protect our country from harm. They deserve recognition from us and the memorializing of Route 9D is one way in which we can honor them. Route 9D is a beautifully scenic road, winding alongside the Hudson River and through state parks. I can think of no better way to remember our soldiers who have been taken prisoner or are missing in action."
"During this time of conflict and war, the citizens of this nation and especially those of the State of New York put forth great effort to support and remember our soldiers serving overseas. But we must also remember and pay homage to men and women who served in previous wars, who suffered unimaginable horrors as prisoners of war or who are still listed as missing in action. Our veterans groups know how important it is to remember and honor them and I am proud that Assemblywoman Galef and I were able to pay our respects, in a small way, by passing this piece of legislation," stated Senator Leibell,
The new designation has the support of veterans groups and municipalities. The renaming of 9D was proposed by Rolling Thunder, Inc., New York Chapter 3 located in Beacon, New York, an organization devoted to veterans’ issues. Mayor Clara Lou Gould, Mayor of the City of Beacon, and the City Council, and Supervisor William Mazzuca of Philipstown support the new designation of 9D as the Hudson Valley POW/MIA Memorial Highway.