Congress enacted and President Obama signed the law to designate and rename the Hornell, NY Post Office after LCPL Zachary Smith, who was tragically killed in Afghanistan. Zach, and hundreds of others, deserve to have their names prominently displayed, on the front of the building, like every other federal entity.
As you may know, the USPS denied our request to place the marker, as well as placing Zach's name on the building, which, ironically, Congress itself designated as the 'Zachary Smith Post Office Building.'
What's more disturbing, however, is that other notables who have had this honor, have been permitted to have their names installed on 'their' institution. An example is the Congressman Joe Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, The Sam Rayburn Congressional House Office Building in DC, and hundreds of others.
Servicemen and women should be treated equally under the law. This may not be a big issue to some, it is to us. Zach had a high honor bestowed upon him by the U.S. government, rightfully so. The very least we can do, as a civilized and just society, is to make sure his honor is not blinded by unfair laws.
There are hundreds of military men and women who have had this honor, none of them are afforded the right to have their name memorialized on the facade of their proper building -- we are seeking to right this wrong.
If you agree, please sign this petition. With each signature we receive, an email is sent to Congress.
Empowering each other is a great tribute to Zach. Collectively, we will make a difference.