Broome County Unveils New “Purple Heart County” Highway Signs

Broome County Legislator Scott Baker (R-Windsor) was joined by Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of New York, NYSDOT and other county and municipal officials to unveil new Purple Heart County signage on major state highway entrances throughout Broome County.

At the May 2014 Legislative Session, the Legislature adopted a Resolution as part of its annual Veterans of Distinction Ceremony designating Broome County as a Purple Heart County to recognize recipients of this distinguished award. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in use today and is awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces who is wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States of America.

"Many men and women in uniform have sacrificed everything to protect this Country and our freedoms and these signs will remind everyone entering Broome County that we honor and recognize those who have given so much for us,” said Legislator Scott Baker. “I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible, especially the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of New York, who brought this to our attention.”

Mathew Tully, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of New York, stated “These thoughtful measures by the people of Broome County are deeply touching. None of us set out with the mission of earning the Purple Heart, we sought to do our duty and earned one in the process. On behalf of every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine awarded the Purple Heart, I want to say thank you for this recognition.”

Broome County is one of ten counties in New York State to have been designated a Purple Heart County.

“We have so many selfless people in Broome County that have put their lives aside to defend our Country,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “These signs will show that Broome County is proud of the sacrifice and dedication of our Purple Heart recipients.”

The Purple Heart signs have been placed at twelve locations along state highways entering Broome County. The locations were determined with traffic information provided by the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study (BMTS). They were paid for using the Broome County Veterans Trust Account, produced by Corcraft based in Menands, NY, and installed by the New York State Department of Transportation.

"The Department of Transportation is honored to participate in the dedication of this segment of highway to Purple Heart recipients," said DOT Regional Director Jack Williams. "As people drive on this highway, they too can honor these men and women by driving with care and respect."

To learn more about which municipalities have been designated as Purple Heart supporters, please visit the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s website: http://www.purpleheart.org.

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10/09/2014 - 12:49pm