Legislation to designate a portion of Route 62 as the National Veteran's Highway has been signed into law by Gov. David A. Paterson.
"Our country's veterans have made countless sacrifices during their time of service," Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, D-Lewiston, said last week about the legislation she authored. "It's easy to forget all they've done for us while we're busy in our daily routines, but the renaming of this highway will remind residents and visitors of the honor and respect these veterans deserve."
"It is a wonderful way to say thanks to veterans past, present and future," said Ronal Bassham, Niagara Falls resident and Vietnam veteran. "I pray our elected officials will continue to remember us veterans spiritually and legislatively."
DelMonte said the passing of her measure advances the nationwide effort to rename Route 62 the National Veteran's Highway. Route 62 runs from the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to Niagara Falls, entering the state from Pennsylvania in Chautauqua County. From there, Route 62 passes through Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara counties, winding through the towns of Wheatfield and Niagara, and ending in Niagara Falls.