Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Vincent Leibell are pleased to announce that the stretch of Route 9D which falls within Dutchess and Putnam Counties has been officially designated as the “Hudson Valley POW/MIA Memorial Highway.” Rolling Thunder, a veterans group dedicated specifically to educating the public and reminding them of the particular plight of POW’s and MIA’s, was instrumental in bringing about this new road designation.
“It is important to take as many measures as possible to recognize those who have served the United States in military combat. By renaming Route 9D to the Hudson Valley Memorial POW-MIA Highway, we are able to publicly commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives for our country”, said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef.
“Our prisoners of war endured incredible hardships that should be recognized along with those who are still missing in action,” stated Senator Leibell. “This designation honors these two groups as special classes of veterans and seeks to demonstrate our appreciation for their enormous sacrifice during times of war.”
Ron Orts, president of Rolling Thunder’s New York Chapter 3 was glad to see that the group’s efforts had resulted in this recognition. “The renaming of Route 9D to the Hudson Valley POW/MIA Memorial Highway is a significant tribute to this nation’s POW’s and MIA’s from all wars. It will be a constant reminder of their sacrifice and must never be forgotten. The search to repatriate them must never end until they are all accounted for.”
The first of four road signs marking this new honor has been erected on Route 9D just north of Breakneck Tunnel at the Putnam/Dutchess county line. The designation excludes the J. Donald Synnett Memorial Bridge in the Village of Wappingers Falls.