Purple Heart Trail Begins in Gainesville

05-31-06 - It was a big day Wednesday for veterans in Texoma as a stretch of Interstate 35 now honors Purple Heart recipients. There is a new sight to see as your enter the Lone Star State on I-35, as part of a national campaign by the military order of the Purple Hearts; and from now on, all Purple Heart recipients will be given a big Texas welcome.

Dozens gathered in Gainesville Wednesday afternoon, catching the unveiling of the very first Purple Heart Trail sign in the state of Texas. The purpose is to honor members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded or killed in battle.

The ceremony began with the VFW of Gainesville presenting the colors and the playing of TAPPS.

The sign sits ¼ of a mile south of the Red River in the southbound lane of I-35. Purple Heart recipients from Gainesville, Bonham, and Leonard attended the ceremony and say they are happy their sacrifice will live on.

The plan is for a sign to eventually be up in every county along I-35 in Texas from Gainesville all the way down south to Laredo. Each county is responsible for paying for the sign.

There are less than 10 other states who are doing the same thing, but the military order of the Purple Heart is hoping every state will eventually join in.

To learn more about the Purple Heart Trail, click here.