Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica/Rome) announced that she sponsored and helped pass legislation to designate a portion of State Route 365 as the Oneida County Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway (A.8369-A).
“The Korean War lasted over three years and claimed the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians,” Buttenschon said. “Yet, this war is often forgotten and overshadowed by its predecessor, World War II, and the Vietnam War, which began shortly after. As the daughter of a Korean War veteran, I’m committed to ensuring these heroes receive the appreciation and respect they deserve. Oneida County residents and visitors passing through will see this highway designation and remember the bravery of the veterans who served during this conflict and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. With this renaming, we’re helping to keep their legacy alive for generations to come.”
Often referred to as the “Forgotten War,” the Korean War occurred between World War II and the Vietnam War, beginning in June 1950 and ending in July 1953. It took the lives of more than 2.5 million people, including 37,000 U.S. service members who were either killed or listed as missing in action.
Buttenschon introduced and fought to pass this bill renaming a portion of Oneida County’s highway system the Oneida County Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway. As a member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee, she has always worked hard to help veterans and their families access the resources they need and will continue to be a strong voice for them in Albany.