A portion of New York State Route 205 in Otsego County will be named in honor of United States Marine Corps Sgt. John Kempe Winslow under legislation signed into law Friday, Aug. 9.

The bill, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, pays tribute to Winslow, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War in 1969.

In a media release, Seward said, “Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life. Sgt. Winslow made the ultimate sacrifice, and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive. I am honored to have played a role in establishing this special highway designation that not only recognizes Sergeant Winslow, but reminds us of the valor, courage and heroism all veterans exhibit in service to our nation. Thanks to Gov. Cuomo for signing this legislation into law.”

Salka said: “We are humbled and honored along with Sen. Seward to dedicate this portion of the highway in Hartwick in memory of Marine Sergeant John Kempe Winslow. Thank you to all of our men and women who serve, as we dedicate this section of highway, we take a moment to pause and thank you for the sacrifices that you have made.”

The legislation designates the portion of Route 205 running through the hamlet of Hartwick, Winslow’s hometown, as the “Sergeant John Kempe Winslow Memorial Highway.”

The special highway designation was requested by the town of Hartwick, Hartwick American Legion Post 1567, Cooperstown American Legion Post 579 and Cooperstown VFW Post 7128, the release said.

A formal sign installation will be scheduled in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation at a later date.

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