FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/26/2011
Rep. Lozano Honors Purple Heart Recipients
HB 2948 Expands The Purple Heart Trail in Texas
Austin, TX— Today Rep. JM Lozano (Kingsville) passed the bill which pays tribute to Purple Heart recipients by expanding the Texas portion of the Purple Heart Trail.
“The Purple Heart Trail creates a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges, and other monuments which honor the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal,” Rep. Lozano said.
First created by General George Washington in 1782, the Purple Heart was originally known as the Badge of Military Merit. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It is also awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those killed in the line of duty or die of wounds received in action.
The bill extends the Purple Heart Trail to the Texas part of Interstate Highway 40, the part of Interstate Highway 37 from I-35 to U.S. Highway 77, the part of U.S. Highway 77 from I-37 to state Highway 100, State Highway 100, and Park Road 100. With these additions, the Purple Heart Trail now extends from San Antonio to South Padre Island along with connecting the trail from New Mexico to Oklahoma.
“The Purple Heart Trail reminds us that others have paid a high price for our freedom to travel and live in a free society,” Rep Lozano said. “This road reminds us that the freedom and democracy we enjoy is not free at all.”
The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The trail originates at a monument in Mt. Vernon, Virginia-- the resting place of George Washington. Signs are placed at various locations to annotate those roads and highways where legislation has been passed, designating parts of the national road system as the Purple Heart Trail. Today, the Purple Heart Trail runs through 45 states and Guam.