Veterans’ Committee hears bills honoring the state’s soldiers

A series of bill were heard in Veterans’ Committee this week, including two that would help communities honor their heroes.

The first bill allows cities and counties to be designated as Purple Heart communities, to honor those who have earned a Purple Heart in the line of duty. Purple Heart medals are awarded to those wounded or killed while serving the country. Cities or counties designated as Purple Heart Communities are able to reserve parking spaces at government centers for Purple Heart recipients.

The second bill would designate part of Highway 42, through Apple Valley and Rosemount, as the Warriors Memorial Highway. The dedication is in honor of the five soldiers from those communities who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The committee also heard presentations on upcoming activities in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the American Legion, the Minnesota Medal of Honor Project, and the Veterans’ Voices program.

(SF 3262, SF 3469)