YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers is dedicating a portion of Gateway Road in honor of Seymour Lehman, a Korean War veteran.
Lehman fought in the Korean War, but "his legacy of selfless service will forever be remembered now," representatives said in a press release. A portion of Gateway Road will be renamed "Corporal Seymour Lehman Way." Yonkers officials recently held a dedication ceremony for the new route after the passage of a bill sponsored by Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino.
“More than 1.7 million fought during the Korean War and over 54,000 gave their lives in defense of our Nation, and the least we as elected officials can do is pay tribute to the heroes of this generation who answered the call of freedom like Corporal Seymour Lehman,” Sabatino said. “In addition to his exemplary military service record, he earned an outstanding record of public service to the City of Yonkers on behalf of his fellow veterans, including service to the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans Organizations as Treasure for ten years.”
The council unanimously passed the resolution designating Gateway Road between North Broadway and De Haven Drive as Corporal Lehman Way.
Lehman was born in 1932 and attended Peter Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. Drafted into the Army in 1952, he returned in 1954 to continue with his life.
"Lehman continued with his relentless energies to help those who defended our freedoms," representatives said. "In 1994 he attended the first meeting of local Korean War Veterans group whereby he left the meeting as the first President of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 9."
Sabatino praised Lehman's service.
“Seymour Lehman was a tireless advocate for his fellow veterans needs and rights,” Sabatino said. “His volunteered his leadership skills in numerous Veterans Organizations, including Empire VFW Post 375, Disabled American Veterans, Yonkers Jewish War Veterans Post 68 and the Hudson Valley Veterans Coalition, where he sought mandatory funding for veterans health care.”
Lehman is survived by his wife Rosalind, along with their children, Ilene and Elliot, and five grandchildren.