Two soldiers who died in the Middle East will have their names on portions of Route 120 in Purchase and in Chappaqua where they were making their marks before fighting the war against terror.
The state bill signed into law today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo means the portion of Route 120 near the Anderson Hill Road entrance to SUNY Purchase will be renamed Specialist Anthony N. Kalladeen Memorial Highway, and the portion of Route 120 over the railroad tracks in downtown Chappaqua will be renamed Staff Sergeant Kyu Hyuk Chay Memorial Bridge.
“As New Yorkers come together to celebrate our country’s birthday, we must pause to honor the countless American heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could live free today,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Both Specialist Kalladeen and Staff Sergeant Chay will have the lasting memorials they deserve in Westchester County with this renamed highway and bridge.”
Kalladeen was a Purchase College student before he was killed in Iraq in 2005 at age 26.
Chay was a law student and a father of two when he was killed in Afghanistan in 2006 at age 34. His parents have a dry-cleaning business in the shadow of the bridge.
Assemblyman Robert Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge, came up with the idea to rename the two sections of Route 120 after the heroes. State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, sponsored the bill in the Senate.
Top photo: Kyu Hyuk Chay, an Army staff sergeant who was killed in Afghanistan, was remembered in a monument dedication in Chappaqua in 2007.
Bottom photo: Anthony Kalladeen, left, stands with his older brother, Chad Pillai, near SUNY Purchase as they prepare to celebrate the new millennium on New Year’s Eve 1999. Spc. Kalladeen, 26, a former Purchase student who grew up in Yonkers and Brooklyn, died in August 2005 when his Humvee was struck by improvised explosive devices and his unit came under fire.