May 26, 2010

Gillibrand, Schumer, Crowley Announce Final Passage Of Bill To Re-Name Genesee Street Post Office After Zachary Smith

Smith, a Purple Heart Recipient and Hornell Native, Died in Combat in Afghanistan

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer announced final passage of their legislation to rename the Genesee Street Post Office in Hornell in honor of Lance Corporal Zachary Smith, who was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Congressman Joseph Crowley sponsored a companion version of the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Zachary Smith is truly a hometown hero,” Senator Gillibrand said. “He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, serving with honor, integrity and dignity. Naming the Hornell Post Office after him will honor his legacy in his community.”

“Zachary Smith epitomized bravery, patriotism and public service, but his life was tragically cut short,” Senator Schumer said. “ It will be an honor for the residents of Hornell to have the Genesee Street Post Office bear the name of this great American hero who will be enshrined in his hometown forever.”

“Zachary Smith was not only a courageous Marine, but an athlete, brother, son, husband and admired member of the Hornell community. Although he can never be replaced, by naming the post office after him we honor his life, his family and help ensure that future generations will learn of Zachary’s integrity and courage,” said Congressman Joseph Crowley.

Lance Corporal Smith, a 2008 graduate of Hornell High School, was deployed in December. He enlisted in the Marines while still in high school, and left for training in the summer of 2008. Smith was killed January 24 by an explosive device during a battle with militants on one of his first days of patrol supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Smith was assigned to the Marine’s 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and was deployed from Camp Lejeune, N.C. Smith was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart on behalf of President Barack Obama and the Marine Corps.