Friday, May 22, 2009
Atomic veterans are service members who were in close range to atomic testing back in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Today, a portion of US-400 was dedicated in their honor and renamed the Atomic Veterans Memorial Highway.
Hundreds gathered at the High School n Leon for the dedication ceremony.
Veteran Albert Parrish was one of the service members who participated in atomic weapons testing.
“My legs are gone, my muscles are gone,” Parrish says.
Parrish wrote a book about the service members he calls the Forgotten and says this dedication is long overdue.
"There is no way that I can tell you how happy I am that this happened," Parrish says.
The Atomic Veterans Memorial Highway is an 18 and a half mile stretch of US-400. It runs from US-77 in Augusta to the Butler County line.
Yesterday, Senators Pat Roberts and Congressman Todd Tiahrt introduced a house resolution for an atomic veterans service medal. This medal would honor members of the military who were exposed to radiation as a result of atomic weapons tests.