National Day of Remembrance, Celebrating Former Hanford Workers
RICHLAND, WA.- Dozens gathered to relive Hanford's rich history Friday and celebrate former Hanford workers.
This year marked the 5th Annual National Day of Remembrance to honor more than 700,000 former nuclear weapons workers and uranium miners.
The Cold War Patriots group hosted the event to share the stories of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War.
NBC Right Now talked with Mary Peters who says she can remember her father coming home from work with his pants cut off at the knee. "He did work in some of the hot radiation areas at Hanford and because of that, he would come home in paper shoes. The government reimbursed him, but he had bird legs. He looked so strange coming up the street with his trousers flapping behind him," said Peters.
Stories like Peters' were shared to remember those who served to preserve the country's freedom during the Cold War.