A stretch of highway leading to the Purple Heart Hall of Honor was renamed in honor of the iconic Hudson Valley senator. 

Part of Route 300 in the Town of New Windsor was named the William J. Larkin Jr. Highway in honor of the state senator, who is retiring this year. Officials came out to celebrate the unveiling of the sign bearing his name on Friday. 

One of the several veterans in attendance says the honor speaks to Larkin's legacy of service across the county and the region.

"For what he does for Orange County -- as you know, the Hall of Honor, what he did there," said Vietnam veteran Kenny Zipp. "And he always helps out veterans all over. So it's my honor to be here."

Larkin served in the state legislature since 1979 and also served as the supervisor for the town of New Windsor. Several candidates have announced they're running for the seat he's vacating this November.