ALBANY – A measure that would ceremonially designate State Route 28 as the Ulster County Korean War Veterans’ Highway has been passed in the State Legislature and awaits the governor’s signature.
The bill was authored by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D, Kingston).
The Korean War lasted from 1950 to the stalemate in 1953 and cost the lives of over 30,000 American service members, including 26 from Ulster County.
Despite common reference as a ‘Forgotten War,’ over 1.7 million United States military personnel were involved in the conflict.
Cahill said more than just as simple renaming, this memorial will serve as a reminder to all that the individuals who served were human beings worthy of remembrance and gratitude.
“It is wonderful to hear that these heroes will be receiving an enduring honor such as this. For generations to come families will be driving this highway and see the signs posted, and hopefully, it will initiate discussion and ultimately adoration for our Korean War Veterans. It is what they deserve,” said Mark Cozzupoli, director of the Ulster County Veterans Services Agency.
“Through this historical marker, we are enshrining the service and sacrifice of our brothers, fathers and neighbors into the most contemplative and picturesque road in the State. As millions of families travel through the Catskills to enjoy our natural wonders, they will be granted the opportunity to reflect on this period in our history,” said Cahill.