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Purple Heart Trail

House Bill 283

The Purple Heart medal is a United States military decoration, awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while in service to their country. HB 283 seeks to recognize and honor award recipients by establishing a Purple Heart Trail in Alaska. The Purple Heart Trail is a national project to designate portions of the interstate highway system as "Purple Heart Trail System", reminding Americans of the sacrifices made by their men and women in uniform. The original Purple Heart Trail was established in the Commonwealth of Virginia at Mt. Vernon and runs the length of the Virginia Highway. Today, the Purple Heart Trail extends across the nation. Signage drawing attention to the designation is placed at appropriate intervals along the highways to stimulate thought and discussion among adults and children alike in contemplating the history of this nation, and those who have sacrificed for it. Alaska's participation in this national effort is long overdue. We have a strong military tradition; an estimated 73,000 resident veterans, approximately 25,000 active duty military, and more serving in the National Guard. In recent months, many returning Alaskan soldiers have been honored with the Purple Heart Medal. The Alaska Highway, completed during World War II by the US Army to serve as a supply route, is an apt choice for the designation as "Purple Heart Trail System". Signs designating the Purple Heart Trail will be seen by both visitors and residents alike and will demonstrate that Alaska recognizes and honors the sacrifices made by our wounded and fallen soldiers. Please join me in supporting the establishment of a Purple Heart Trail in Alaska.

Paid For by Berta Gardner for State Senate, 1405 Matterhorn Way, Anchorage AK 99508

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