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Route 219 bridge renamed for Town of Boston WWII veteran


Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that names a bridge on a Western New York highway in honor of a local World War II veteran who flew more than 50 missions in the Pacific.

The measure signed Monday by the Governor names a Route 219 bridge over Route 391 in the Town of Boston after Technical Sgt. Henry “Hank” Dylong.

Dylong was a Boston resident, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and completed 55 missions. He earned the Army Air Medal for his valor in combat, "an award for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight," Cuomo said.

The decorated airman died a year ago this Friday at age 95.

The bridge will be officially known as the “T Sgt. Henry ‘Hank’ Dylong Memorial Bridge,” prompted by legislation sponsored by two Republican state lawmakers, Sen. Patrick Gallivan of Elma and Assemblymember David DiPietro of East Aurora.

"It is my privilege to be able to put together this program of honoring veterans for all their service and what they have done for our country," said DiPietro. "I hope the program I have started will go across the entire state."