Earlier this month, U.S. Sen Lamar Alexander introduced a resolution to designate Oct. 30, 2013, as the fifth National Day of Remembrance for nuclear weapons program workers.
“In Tennessee, more than 14,000 workers have made claims for compensation, many of whom worked countless hours with hazardous materials to build our country’s nuclear deterrent,” Alexander said. “Many Americans labored behind the scenes, and Tennesseans—like those from Anderson and Roane counties, for example—filed more claims than any other state. It’s these workers, and those all around the country, whose sacrifice we seek to honor with this day of remembrance.”
A press release said the Day of Remembrance would honor all Americans, including tens of thousands of Tennessee men and women, who supported the nation’s nuclear efforts since World War II through the Cold War. Alexander is the lead co-sponsor of the resolution with Sen. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat.