The Purple Heart Award.
The Purple Heart award is a medal presented to members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded or killed as the result of enemy action while serving in the United States military.
Washington celebrates August 7 as Purple Heart Recipient Recognition Day and offers a distinctive license plate for Purple Heart recipients. Moreover, Washington has multiple counties, cities, and locations that recognize portions of the transportation system as part of the Purple Heart Trail. The Purple Heart Trail, designated by signs placed along the trail, is a system of roads, highways, bridges, and other monuments that honors the men and women who have received the Purple Heart award.
Motorist Informational Signs.
The Department of Transportation is authorized to erect and maintain motorist information sign panels within the right-of-way of the interstate highway system to give the traveling public specific information as to gas, food, lodging, camping, or tourist-oriented businesses available on a crossroad at or near an interchange.
Washington is designated a Purple Heart State that honors people who have received the Purple Heart award.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and any state military and military affairs agencies are authorized to:
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to:
The Military Department Purple Heart State Account, the DVA Purple Heart State Account, and the DOT Purple Heart State Account are each created as nonappropriated accounts in the custody of the State Treasurer. Gifts and donations received by the specified agencies for the purpose of this act must be deposited into their respective account.
(In support) Numerous individuals from Washington have been injured in combat and received the Purple Heart medal. The Purple Heart medal signifies the sacrifices that have been made by military members for our freedoms, especially those who have been injured in combat. Lewis and Thurston counties are the two Purple Heart counties in Washington. Becoming a Purple Heart State would be a permanent, visible, and year-round demonstration of appreciation to the men and women who served and sacrificed for the United States. The DVA will work with the DOT to identify costs and work with various groups who would be interested in purchasing and installing the Purple Heart State signs on all roads that lead into Washington.