Office of Environment, Health, Safety & Security

National Day of Remembrance (NDR) for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers

October 24, 2018

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Secretary Rick Perry's National Day of Remembrance Message

On October 11, 2018, the United States Senate announced the passage of S. Res. 682, designating October 30, 2018, as a National Day of Remembrance (NDR) for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers.  This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the NDR, honoring the thousands of men and women who tirelessly served our country by building and maintaining our nuclear weapons complex during World War II and throughout the Cold War. 

The nuclear weapons workers came to work day after day, putting in long hours in hazardous conditions, in order to help keep this country safe. Many workers toiled in secrecy, often unable to tell their friends and loved ones what they were doing. There was tremendous pressure to produce, and to keep pace in the arms race. The work of these men and women resulted in astounding innovation and technological progress, both for weapons programs as well as for domestic applications such as computing, nuclear medicine and many others.

Today, the men and women of our nuclear security enterprise continue this proud tradition.  These dedicated public servants are maintaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent, reducing nuclear dangers around the world, remediating the impacts and pushing the boundaries of science and technology to deliver new solutions to national and global challenges.

On this National Day of Remembrance, let us reflect on the significant contributions of our nuclear security workers, both past and present, and thank them for their service.