State Sen. Joe Robach, R-56th Dist., and Assemblyman Peter Lawrence, R-134th Dist., recently held the official unveiling and dedication of the U.S. Navy Seabee Parkway.
Roback and Lawrence recently sponsored legislation, which was signed into law by the governor, that designated a portion of the Lake Ontario State Parkway in the town of Greece as the U.S. Navy Seabee Parkway.
“We are dedicating a portion of the Lake Ontario State Parkway to the men and women who have served our country and proudly call themselves the Navy Seabees,” Robach said. “I was pleased to work with Lawrence to get this legislation passed, a small token of our appreciation for the work and sacrifice of the U.S. Navy Seabees and all of our nation’s veterans.”
The Seabees were founded after the attacks on Pearl Harbor and they served in the European and Pacific fronts building airstrips, bridges, roads, warehouse, hospitals and houses to aid U.S. forces. The Seabees have continued to serve the U.S. Navy since World War II, fighting and building in Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Kuwait. In addition to their efforts during wartime, the Seabees have helped rebuild thousands of communities across the global with their peacetime labor efforts.
“Since 1942, the U.S. Navy Seabees have carried out a proud tradition of building the infrastructures that have allowed our military men and women to take the fight to our enemies,” Lawrence said. “From the islands in the Pacific to the mountains in Afghanistan, the Seabees have built and fought for our country. Their motto, “Can Do,” is testament to the resiliency of these unsung heroes. I am pleased that their hard work and service to our country is being recognized by this highway designation.”
The official unveiling took place at the pavilion at Braddock Bay Park. Signs will be displayed upon completion along a portion of the Lake Ontario State Parkway commemorating the dedication of the U.S. Navy Seabee Parkway.
"The Navy Seabee Veterans of America are proud to have a section of the Ontario State Parkway dedicated to the U.S. Navy Seabees,” said Frank Dorobiala, a U.S. Navy Seabees veteran. “The Seabees are a little known segment of the Navy and receive little recognition outside of their own units. It is a great honor and privilege for all Seabees and their supporting shipmates to be recognized in this manner. With the 75th Seabee birthday coming up next spring, the timing couldn't be better. A big thank you to Robach and Lawrence for making this event possible.”