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March 29, 2014

Schimminger proposes TCMH name change

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Tonawanda News —  “With the Vietnam memorials relocated, there is no indication that the Twin Cities Memorial Highway was dedicated to those who served and died in the Vietnam War,” he said. “Historical documents and newspaper accounts of the time clearly indicate that the expressway and the monuments intertwined were dedicated to the memory of those who made the greatest sacrifice in Vietnam. We can only surmise that the words ‘Vietnam Veterans’ may have been omitted from the highway’s name because of the controversial times. Vietnam was, for many Americans, an unpopular war that polarized the nation and was characterized by protests and demonstrations that often turned violent in city streets and on university campuses.”

The measure has not been put to a vote in the Assembly and the bill does not as yet have a sponsor in the state Senate.

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